ELK GROVE, CA - A parolee used his pit bull to attack a driver in an attempted carjacking and then turned the dog on a K-9officer, say Elk Grove police.
Officers became involved when they responded to a disturbance at 6:17 Monday evening at an AM/PM service station at 10421 Grant Line Road, said spokesman Officer Chris Trim.
Responding officers learned a man, identified as Ronald Tomlinson, 46, had shut off the gas nozzle to a car pumping gas and opened the driver's door. The car owner confronted Tomlinson who ordered his dog to go after the man, Trim said. The pit bull bit and scratched the man on the leg, according to the police report.
Tomlinson then went to another car and got in with his dog, said witnesses. As the car owner approached him, the owner told police Tomlinson pointed to his dog and started to open the door to release him. The owner backed off.
The car Tomlinson was in wouldn't start and at that point, officers pulled up. Tomlinson fled with his dog on southbound Grant Line, police said.
A K-9 used to search for Tomlinson found him within some bushes by a fence line. Trim said officers ordered Tomlinson to come out but instead, Tomlinson let his dog go after the police K-9. As the two dogs fought, the pit bull broke off and went behind Tomlinson.
Trim said Tomlinson still did not surrender so the K-9 was let off leash to take him into custody. Trim said Tomlinson's pit bull again went after the K-9 but the K-9 officer was able to grab the dog by the scruff of his neck.
Officers were then able to arrest Tomlinson for carjacking and parole violation, Trim said. Tomlinson was also wanted on an active arrest warrant, according to police.
Tomlinson was treated for injuries from being in K-9 custody and then booked in Sacramento County Main Jail.
The K-9 was not hurt in the scuffle. Tomlinson's pit bull was turned over to Sacramento County Animal Services on a 10-day hold.