Sex Offender Arrested Downtown After His Dog Bites a Police Officer

August 16, 2013 13:25

  

This morning, Friday August 16, 2013, Central Precinct officers were conducting routine walk and talks around Terry Schrunk Plaza in Downtown Portland to wake people sleeping who were low-impact camping and to enforce the Sidewalk ordinance.

One officer stepped into the street to take a picture of a campsite for documentation purposes when a man's dog lunged at her and bit her on the left arm. The dog's owner, 22-year-old Daniel Thompson, grabbed onto the dog and became verbally abusive to the police officers. The dog was described as a large, mixed-breed dog.

As officers were waiting for Multnomah County Animal Control to respond and take custody of the dog, Thompson continued to raise his voice and verbally abuse the officers. Thompson lost control of the unleashed dog, which then turned on him and began biting his right arm, tearing the skin and causing several puncture wounds.

A sergeant brought a dog pole and took control of the animal and Thompson was taken into custody after he struggled with officers. Thompson was arrested for Interfering with a Peace Officer and Resisting Arrest. Thompson was also issued citations related to the Sidewalk ordinance and his uncontrolled dog.

After his arrest, officers discovered that he is a Registered Sex Offender out of St. Helens, Oregon. Officers will continue to investigate whether or not he is out of compliance with the law.

After receiving medical treatment for his arm, Thompson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

The officer bitten by the dog suffered a bite bruise on her arm but no broken skin.

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