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MAN BITES DOG

BSO Case Number: PB01-12-08365
PIO Number: 01-12-33
Date: December 19, 2001
Time: 2316
Place of Occurrence: 1501 S. Dixie Highway, Pompano Beach

Victim(s):

  • Craig Renzi, 1480 E. Sample Road #307, Pompano Beach
  • BSO K-9 Vader

Suspect(s):

  • Dana Michael Murphy, 28, 11/12/73, 2497 Smoke House Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Description of Incident:

A Virginia man is behind bars today after biting a police dog that was attempting to apprehend him after he committed a hit and run accident in Pompano Beach Wednesday night.

Broward Sheriff's Office Dep. Samuel Sirico was on routine patrol in the 1500 block of South Dixie Highway when he was alerted by squealing breaks and witnessed a white pick-up truck, driven by Dana Murphy, rear end a black Chevrolet driven by the victim, Craig Renzi. While Dep. Sirico attended to the victim, Murphy fled on foot to a nearby junkyard near the intersection of Dixie Highway and McNab Road. A perimeter was set up, while BSO Dep. Frank Maio and his K-9 partner, Vader, responded to the scene.

After refusing to come out and surrender, Murphy was warned, and Vader was sent in to apprehend him. Murphy fought back during the apprehension by striking Vader and biting him in the face. Dep. Maio and Vader were able to gain control of Murphy, and he was taken into custody.

Murphy, who’s been living in Broward County for the past eight months, was treated at North Broward Medical Center for the bites he sustained. Vader sustained injuries to his right eye. He was transported to the Hollywood Animal Hospital where he was treated and released. Renzi was not injured.

After being released from the hospital, Murphy was booked into the Broward County Jail on the following eight charges: DUI; DUI (with property damage); leaving the scene of an accident; failure to use due care; driving with license suspended; burglary of a business; resisting with violence; and injuring a police dog.

INVESTIGATORS: Dep. Samuel Sirico, Dist.11
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

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