Suffolk police officer and his K-9 partner stabbed in Rocky Point


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TheeBadOne
January 5, 2004, 02:03 AM
01/03/04) ROCKY POINT - A Suffolk police officer and his K-9 partner were stabbed while dealing with a domestic disturbance call in Rocky Point Saturday morning. Suffolk police were called to 56 Sycamore Road in Rocky Point shortly after 3 a.m. They were responding to reports that 41-year-old John Anzalone was beating up his 24-year-old live-in girlfriend.
Officer John Mallia and his dog Boomer discovered Anzalone hiding in the bushes a few blocks away on Tulip Road. When Mallia and Boomer found Anzalone, police say Anzalone stabbed Boomer six times. When Officer Mallia went in to assist his dog and to take Anzalone into custody, he was slashed in his right hand.

Officer Mallia had his slashed hand stitched at Mather Memorial Hospital, but not until after staying by Boomer's side for a three-hour operation at Animal Emergency Hospital in Selden.

Police officials say the officer and his dog are both expected to make a full recovery.

According to detectives, Anzalone will be arraigned Sunday morning in Central Islip.

article (http://www.news12.com/LI/topstories/article?id=97954)
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Keeping in mind a news article is in no way a complete factual report, do you think the Officer showed amazing restraint? Would he have been justified in using deadly force (his sidearm)? Do you think he may have gotten himself and his dog cut by hesitating to use his gun due to liability concerns? Is anyone from the area that can fill us in on the legal climate there?

TBO

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Matt1911
January 5, 2004, 07:27 AM
Stabbed the pup 6 times? I guess that could happen in just a matter of seconds,but...
I would think the dog was fighting back,or at least try to get away from the attacker.Then the cop was slashed?? Thats the part i don't understand.If there were ever a case where deadly force could not be disputed,i would think...
I'd sure like to say "what i'd have done..",but the taste of foot is getting old.

Leatherneck
January 5, 2004, 09:31 AM
Amazing restraint? Yeah--to a fault, IMO. About the time the dog's blood started flowing, it's time for a final, forceful warning that lead is about to fly.

TC
TFL Survivor

Greg L
January 5, 2004, 10:30 AM
The only reason that I can think of for not shooting him was that Boomer was all over him in a rolling brawl & there was no clear shot.

Greg

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