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Man accused of punching police dog

KINSMAN — A Bazetta man was arrested Saturday after officers found him while serving an out-of-state warrant, but the incident quickly turned violent.

Michael A. Brickner, 40, with a listed address of 1601 Johnson Plank Road, was arrested on the warrant but is being held in Trumbull County jail on aggravated assault on a police dog and resisting arrest.

Brickner appeared in the Eastern District Court on Tuesday for arraignment but didn’t enter a plea. He is being held in Trumbull County jail and will appear in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m.

According to a police report, officers were dispatched about 6 p.m. to 6605 Elm St., Kinsman, to serve a warrant on Brickner. He had an active felony warrant out of Mississippi for a sex offense, a report states. When officers got to the residence, Brickner’s brother, John Waybright, told police Brickner was not there and that he’d left in a blue truck.

Waybright gave permission to search the house and officers could not find Brickner. About 15 minutes after police left, Waybright’s wife called Trumbull County dispatch, telling them her children heard movement coming from a crawl space in the basement and believed the noise to be Brickner.

When officers returned, Waybright admitted Brickner was at the residence. At this point, Waybright was arrested on an obstruction charge. The report states Brickner was found in the back of the crawl space on his stomach.

Police ordered him out, and he refused several times. He told police if he moved, there would be a “bang,” saying he had a live grenade under his body and he pulled the pin, the report states.

Officers left the basement for safety, but could hear movement. Brickner exited the crawl space and started toward officers upstairs with a hand behind his back. Officers warned Brickner about using a stun gun, but he continued up the stairs. Officers fired a stun gun at him, but Brickner was unfazed and pulled both probes from his chest.

The report states Brickner said, “Come down here boys, I got something for you.”

A police dog arrived and was quickly sent to apprehend Brickner. He punched the dog but sustained a bite on his left hand. Brickner pulled a sharp woodworking tool and tried to stab the dog, the report states. He dropped the weapon after threats of being shot, but still did not comply with orders to get on the ground.

A second stun gun was used, and Brickner fell to the floor. Once he was on the ground, the dog released his hand and bit Brickner in the left buttock. He then was detained and treated for the bites.

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