A Wendell man was charged Saturday, Aug. 15, with having his 130-pound Rottweiler dog attack a Wendell police officer.
The dog was fatally shot by an officer and the entire incident remains under investigation by the Wendell Police Department, Chief Bill Carter said Wednesday.
Dustin Lee Brown, 28, of 6400 Robertson Pond Road, faces one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.
According to police, Wendell Sgt. S. G. Hall and Officer Lenward Hanks responded at about 5 p.m. to a tip indicating that Brown, who had outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court, was at a residence at 745 Lions Club Road.
Hall reportedly spotted Brown in the yard as the officers arrived and Brown fled to the back of the residence. After the officers spoke outside with an occupant of the home for several minutes, the large dog came from the front of the residence toward the officers in what they believed to be a threatening manner.
In response, both officers drew their service weapons and Hanks fired a single, fatal shot, Carter said. No people on the scene were injured.
Police said Brown was located alone inside the residence and an arrest report shows he was taken into custody about 6 p.m.
A warrant issued by a Wake County magistrate charged that Brown assaulted Hanks with a “Black and Tan Rottweiler, approximately 130 lbs in weight” by “releasing said dog for the purpose of biting, attacking” Hanks.
Brown was also charged with one count of resisting an officer and served three outstanding warrants for failure to appear.
Carter said Hanks has been with the Wendell department less than one year and has worked in law enforcement for about five years. Hall has been an officer in Wendell for more than seven years and is going on 20 years of experience in law enforcement.
“An officer is allowed to protect themselves if they believe they are at risk of death or injury, regardless of the source,” Carter said.
On Wednesday, Brown was still being held in the Wake County Detention Center under $23,000 bond. His next court date is set for Sept. 8.
Staff writer Colin Campbell contributed to this report.