A suspect sicced a pit bull on a Camden County police officer Thursday night in South Camden inan attempt to avoid apprehension, reports say.
Two officers, Brandon Galloza and Michael Ross, observed two 19-year-olds, one wearing a ski mask, allegedly engage in a drug transaction with a vehicle passenger, according to the South Jersey Times.
The two officers ordered the two men — Thomas Wright and Tajay Wilson — to stop but instead they ran into a home on the 1800 block of Filmore Street. The officers followed them and a third man, 21-year-old Quazeem Jackson, allegedly tried to physically block Ross from arresting Wright.
Wright reportedly commanded a pit bull to attack the two officers by saying "Sic 'em" repeatedly.
The dog then bit Galloza on the right leg.
Backup officers arrived and all three suspects were arrested. The dog was quarantined by animal control and Galloza received treatment.
According to the SJ Times, Wright was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and loitering to commit a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) offense. He was remanded to county jail with bail set at $25,000 cash or bond.
Wilson was charged with loitering to commit a CDS offense and resisting arrest. He was issued summonses and released.
Jackson was charged with obstruction of justice. He was issued a summons and released.