Wilmington, NC -- A man trying to elude police did the unthinkable during his arrest, he bit their police dog Maxx.
Lucy Crockett with the Wilmington Police Department tells WFMY News 2, the K9 was attacked Sunday afternoon when police officers tried to arrest a man who was wanted in connection to a shooting.
Crockett said officers got into a footchase with the suspect, Travis Glaspi, but Maxx actually caught him. She said the dog struggled with Glaspi, who then bit into the K9's ear.
Maxx's ear had to be stitched back together because of the severity of the bite, Crockett said.
And, Maxx didn't go down without a fight, the K9 also bit the suspect who had to be treated at the hospital.
Travis Keith Glaspie is charged with Assaulting a Law Enforcement Animal. His bond is set at $1 million.
Glaspie's history in last three weeks, according to Wilmington PD & Wilmington Star News: Before Sunday's arrest, Glaspie had been wanted on charges related to a shooting.
A man and woman were sitting in a car Friday when Glaspie allegedly rode by on a bicycle and fired two shots into the vehicle. The rounds struck the rear door and the front tire but neither occupant was injured. The male victim later told police Glaspie likely opened fire because the two had recently been in an altercation.
Glaspie is charged with leading a police a car chase that began June 5 after officers attempted to pull him over near Kerr Avenue and McClelland Drive. After a brief pursuit, Glaspie jumped out of the car and ran into a house in the 400 block of Henry Street. Once officers formed a perimeter around the house, a relative walked Glaspie outside and he surrendered. Police booked him in the New Hanover County jail but he posted bond and was released.