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State Trooper Bitten By K9 During Police Stakeout

State Trooper Bitten By K9 During Police Stakeout

A police mugshot of Algis Diaz.

Associated Press

August 17, 2010

READING, PA – A Pa. state trooper was severely bitten by a police dog during a stakeout of a bank robbery suspect.

A tip caller told State Police at Reading that Algis Diaz, 24, who is suspected in several Berks County bank robberies, was inside the Berkshire Mall Saturday afternoon.

The caller also identified the suspect’s car, which was reported stolen from the State College, Pa. region, and police staked it out in the parking lot.

When Diaz came out of the mall, he ran off when police tried to apprehend him.

A Wyomissing Police K-9 unit was on the scene. The officer released the dog and yelled for the other officers to stop their pursuit.

One Pa. State Trooper apparently did not hear that the dog was released and was bitten on the right leg when he didn’t stop pursuit. He was treated at Reading Hospital.

Diaz fled back into the mall with officers close behind. A worker at a telephone vendor saw the chase and tackled Diaz. Police took him into custody and faces charges of: Receiving stolen Property, Aggravated Assault, and recklessly Endangering Another Person.

Both State College PD and State Police Fogelsville also hold warrants for Diaz for Theft and Receiving stolen Property.

Diaz will face more charges. He’s locked up in the Berks County prison.


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    fletc

    about 4 years ago

    182 Comments

    PPC +1

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    ppc

    about 4 years ago

    188 Comments

    I wish the trooper a speedy recovery, Communications is a must . The K9 was after the movement. unfortunate incident. and to the Civilian who took down the perp. Thanks and take care

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    wasimtiger1

    about 4 years ago

    274 Comments

    that must have hurt.

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    AKangel

    about 4 years ago

    4978 Comments

    Godspeed to the Trooper on healing those bite wounds, Great job to the civilian for helping out, Kudos's.

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    Whalewatcher

    about 4 years ago

    11226 Comments

    Bad dog, no biscuit !!! Seriously, though, hope the trooper recovers quickly. Big thumbs up the civilian who tackled the POS, though, as a general rule, I wouldn't recommend this kind of involvement on a regular basis. Like others have said before me, communications is critical !!!

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    usa_24

    about 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    Hope the tropper makes a full recovery.

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    Sheriff_1

    about 4 years ago

    8024 Comments

    Communications CommunicationsCommunications

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    wildsoldier

    about 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    Get well soon Trooper. Bad dog..

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    PETE114

    about 4 years ago

    1396 Comments

    This is a problem that always has the potential to happen....especially when multiple Agencies are involved. I'll bet the Trooper never knew a K9 was on scene and was going to be deployed if the suspect ran. K9s being shot by friendlies is a far too common occurrence. Everyone must be on the same page on a possible arrest and takedown. This goes for who's on scene, crossfire situations, environment and other factors.

    Hope the Trooper gets back to work soon.

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    CAZ

    about 4 years ago

    1428 Comments

    Speedy recovery to the Trooper.

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    nitesi

    about 4 years ago

    136 Comments

    Should put it in, Put get well quickly, "Let's be carefull out there".

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    nitesi

    about 4 years ago

    136 Comments

    Ouch.

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    dolphinblue

    about 4 years ago

    42984 Comments

    Speedy recovery trooper.

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    Retleo

    about 4 years ago

    5524 Comments

    Gotta be absolutely certain that the other LEOs have heard your warning before you cut the dog loose! Hope that the Trooper has a speedy and complete recovery.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Get well soon brother.

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