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Officers taser suspect & his attacking pit bull

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POSTED September 18, 2009 2:29 a.m.
Police tasers brought down a fleeing suspect and his attacking pit bull Thursday afternoon  in the 1500 block of Parkview Avenue.

Manteca Police officer Armen Avakian first  questioned a transient at about 1 p.m. that he noticed standing near the front door of an abandoned home on Parkview asking what he was doing at the house.  

Jason Niemiec , 37, said he had only stopped to get water for his dog.  Avakian ran a computer check on the man and reportedly found a burglary warrant for his arrest, police said.  When the officer told Niemiec he was under arrest for the warrant, he said the man bolted away from him.

Officer Avakian took after Niemiec in a foot chase warning him to stop or he would be tased.   When the taser darts found their mark the man dropped to the ground, remaining there until backup units arrived to take him into custody.

Officers Grant Flory and Ken Wells arrived and attempted  to handcuff Niemiec when the pit bull charged at the patrolmen.  Officer Ken Wells drew his taser and put the dog on the ground, halting the attack, police said.

Niemiec was transported to the Manteca City Jail and then on to the San Joaquin County Jail where he was charged with resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and for the outstanding burglary warrant.

Police said the dog has totally recovered from being tased and is being housed at the Manteca Animal Shelter.
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