K9 dog stabbed during pursuit
Anchorage Police Department K9 “MP” was stabbed multiple times during an early morning pursuit this past weekend.
On July 5, just after 1:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of North Flower Street and Peterkin Avenue in Anchorage in response to a disturbance between two males.
One of the men was described as having a machete and trying to stab the other male.
Officers arrived on scene and located the male with the machete, later identified as 37-year-old Nole Hommerding, on the front porch of a residence on the 200 block of N. Flower Street.
When officers commanded that Hommerding drop the machete, he ran off with the machete in his hand.
APD Officer Keays and his K9 partner MP pursued, and MP attempted to apprehend Hommerding in the alley behind N Flower Street.
Hommerding then attacked MP by hitting him and stabbing him with a pocket knife.
Officers used a taser to subdue Hommerding and he was taken into custody. Hommerding was booked into jail with bail set at $15,000 plus a TPC on the charges of Harming a Police Dog 1st Degree, Assault 3rd Degree, Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting Arrest.
APD Officer Keays sustained minor injuries during the struggle with Hommerding.
MP, an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois serving APD since 2009m underwent surgery for three stab wounds.
He is expected to survive his injuries.