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Man Arrested for Assaulting Trooper's K9

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This K9 dog named "Ripper" is shown int his photo provided by Delaware State Police. This K9 dog named "Ripper" is shown int his photo provided by Delaware State Police.
Robert Berry Robert Berry

BOWERS BEACH, Del.– Delaware State Police say a Ellendale man wanted for violation of probation is facing new charges after he assaulted a trooper's K9 dog during a search to locate him.

It happened at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home on the 2000 block of Bowers Beach Road.

Police said troopers and a K9 went to a home to assist Probation and Parole with taking 33-year-old Robert N. Berry into custody.

According to police, Berry was wanted for violating probation and home confinement absconder when he cut off his ankle GPS tracking device.

Troopers said they got to the home where Berry was staying and met the homeowners, who said Berry ran upstairs as police arrived.

A trooper and his K9, named Ripper, were then dispatched to assist. Police said the trooper warned Berry if he did not surrender, Ripper would be released.

Berry did not come downstairs so the trooper released Ripper. Ripper went upstairs and found Berry in a small part of the attic.

Police said Berry struck Ripper in the neck, causing the dog to tumble onto his back. Ripper got back up and began biting Berry’s left leg until troopers had successfully taken him into custody.

Berry was taken to Kent General Hospital. He was treated for puncture wounds to his left leg and released. He is charged with resisting arrest and second-degree assault on a law enforcement canine.

He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $2,000 cash bond on the aforementioned charges and $50,000 cash bond for violating probation.

“Ripper” did not sustain any injuries and continues to patrol with his trooper partner, police said.

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