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*Santa Rosa Police Dog’s Bite Ends Standoff Sunday Evening

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A standoff at an east Santa Rosa home ended Sunday evening when a police dog bit a man who had been shot with a Taser, police said today.Justin McKelvey, 35, had been drinking, ransacking his home in the 1700 block of Mission Boulevard and arguing with his wife all day Sunday, Sgt. Ron Nelson said.He armed himself with a BB pistol when he took a walk with his dog, Nelson said. While he was away his wife called police and officers were waiting for him when he returned, police said.McKelvey was questioned by responding officers outside the house but ran inside and shut the door. Police evacuated his wife from the house and called for assistance, Nelson said.From inside the house McKelvey told police he had a gun and taunted the officers to come inside so he could shoot them, Nelson said. McKelvey threw objects, including a shoe and a bottle, outside the front door and one officer was nearly struck by a large metal object, Nelson said.Police tried to reason and negotiate with McKelvey for 24 minutes but he remained agitated and escalated his threats to kill the officers, Nelson said. At one point he came out the front door and confronted an officer and challenged the officer to shoot him, Nelson said. The officer shot McKelvey with a Taser but it was ineffective and McKelvey went back inside where he continued ransacking the house and threatening to come out and attack the officers, Nelson said.By that point McKelvey was wanted for assaulting an officer with a deadly weapon, threatening an officer, brandishing a weapon at an officer and resisting arrest, Nelson said. Police decided to enter the house and arrest McKelvey before the situation escalated further and officers might have to use deadly force, Nelson said. As the front door opened, police saw McKelvey was armed with a six-foot piece of metal bed frame in a shoulder-mounted position, Nelson said.Police believed McKelvey wanted the officers to think he was brandishing a firearm so they would shoot him or that he would strike the first officer who came through the door in the face with the bed frame, Nelson said.Officer Pat Gillette released police canine Utz and McKelvey dropped the metal bed frame and was taken into custody without further incident, Nelson said.McKelvey received medical aid at the scene and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment, Nelson said. There was a warrant for McKelvey’s arrest before the incident and police will make a complaint against McKelvey with the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office for assaulting and threatening police and brandishing a weapon, Nelson said. Nelson said the use of the police dog prevented an officer from being seriously injured or killed and kept police from using deadly force against McKelvey.

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