An Alton Police Officer and his K-9 partner were attacked Tuesday morning during an attempted arrest. The officer, nor the police dog, suffered serious injuries, but police credit a passing motorist who assisted the officer in completing the arrest near Brown and Highland.
Alton Police Chief Jake Simmons told the Big Z that the officer was on a routine patrol in the neighborhood and witnessed a suspect wanted on an outstanding warrant, got out of his vehicle and attempted to take the man into custody. Simmons says the suspect began struggling with and resisting the officer, and the canine, when a woman approached the scene and began hitting the police dog with a stick. Another motorist passing the scene, which the chief called a “Good Samaritan,” assisted the officer by detaining the man until other officers arrived a short time later. Simmons says there was a large police response to the area since many officers were already on the streets Tuesday as part of patrols to start off the school day. The officer suffered a minor injury to his hand and the canine officer was not injured. A male and female are in custody but have not yet been identified. Both are facing charges.