PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (970 WFLA) – A man is facing a list of charges after police say he fired shots at a police officer and K9.
It all began Thursday just before 10 p.m. as officers responded to a disturbance call on the 9100 block of 54th Way N. in Pinellas Park for reports that a man was grabbing and pushing a woman. Police say they made contact with the victim and the suspect in the 5500 block of 92nd Place N. as officers approached, the male suspect fled into the backyard of another home. Police say the woman told officers that the man battered her, and that she was pregnant with his child.
During the search, one K9 team saw the man in the backyard of a home on the 5800 block of 91st Ave N. Police say he refused to surrender, the police dog was sent to apprehend him, and as the dog went toward him, the man fired a handgun. Police say the dog and handler were not hit and the suspect threw the gun into another yard where it was later found.
Police say the suspect suffered serious injuries including several dog bites from resisting arrest and the efforts of the police dog in subduing him. He was taken to the hospital and released.
Police say the suspect is identified as 30-year-old Jason Michael Lopez and is in jail on the following charges:
-aggravated battery on a pregnant female
-carrying a concealed firearm
-aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer
-resisting arrest with violence
-attempted offense against police dog, great bodily harm or death
Photo Credit Pinellas Park Police Department