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Man told dog to ‘get’ officers during arrest, police say

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Posted at 8:51 AM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 12:02:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man has been charged after police say he ordered his dog to attack officers during his arrest.

The incident stemmed from a domestic call at a home on Bridgeway Circle.

According to a police report, officers responded to the residence to arrest Edwin Mendoza for assaulting the mother of his girlfriend.

As officers were walking him to the patrol car, Mendoza allegedly said "Get them Smokey," at which point the dog charged the officers.

The girlfriend's mother intervened and the dog turned to her, biting her in the arm and shoulder, police said. She was taken to an area hospital.

The officers were unharmed. Mendoza was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.