PINELLAS PARK – A Pinellas Park man who reportedly shot at a Pinellas Park police dog was arrested just before 10:30 p.m. July 31 on a number of charges.
According to the police report, officers responded to a disturbance call about 10 p.m. in the 9100 block of 54th Way North in Pinellas Park about a male subject grabbing and pushing a female.
Police found the victim and the suspect in the 5500 block of 92nd Place North. As officers approached, the male fled into the rear yard of a private residence. The female told officers that the man had battered her and that she was pregnant with his child.
Additional officers and two K-9 units arrived at the scene to assist. The K-9s began searching for the male. During the tracking, one K-9 team observed the man in a backyard on 91st Avenue North. The man refused orders to surrender and a police dog was sent to apprehend him.
As the dog went after the suspect, the man fired a handgun at the dog. Neither the dog nor the handler was hit, police said. The suspect threw the firearm into another yard. The gun was recovered later by police.
Police said the suspect, Jason Michael Lopez, 30, suffered serious injuries due to resisting arrest and the “efforts of the police dog in subduing him.” The injuries include several dog bites.
Lopez was taken to a local hospital for treatment on his injuries. He was released Friday morning and booked into the Pinellas County Jail at 8:12 a.m. Lopez was charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant female; carrying a concealed firearm; aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer; resisting arrest with violence; and attempted injury of police dog.
Lopez has an extensive criminal record including time served in a Florida prison.