A 55-year-old man sustained a cut to his hand Saturday night when a relative swung a hatchet at him during a domestic dispute.
The 28-year-old attacker fled after the 8:55 p.m. incident in the 6000 block of E. 12th Street. When officers arrived, the victim’s dog charged officers, who shot and killed the dog.
The dispute began with an argument between the suspect, the victim and his wife, who live together. The suspect went to his bedroom, retrieved a hatchet and began swinging it at the victim. The victim sustained the cut while trying to take the hatchet away, police said.
The suspect ran away and officers arrived to help the victim. When the victim’s dog became aggressive, police told the victim to restrain the dog and keep the dog inside. The victim could not control the dog, police said, and the dog ran after an officer attempting to bite the officer.
To protect the officer, other officers shot and killed the dog, police said. Police reports did not indicate the breed of the dog.
The victim refused medical treatment for his hand. Police were still searching for the suspect.