Police dog is stabbed in the head with a machete by man, 43, who smashed a patrol car before stabbing himself multiple times in the stomach, San Diego police say
- Noomane Trabelsi, 43, was arrested for alleged attack on dog Chico on Tuesday
- The suspect approached a police car and swung a machete at the window
- After a two-hour manhunt with a helicopter, officers found and arrested him
A man has been arrested for stabbing a police dog with a machete before stabbing himself in the stomach, police said.
Noomane Trabelsi, 43, allegedly yelled at an officer inside a car at a set of traffic lights and approached him in San Diego.
The suspect approached the vehicle swinging a machete and broke the driver’s car window, Oceanside Police Department public information officer Tom Bussey said.
Police dog Chico has been stabbed in the head with a machete by Noomane Trabelsi, 43, who then turned the weapon on himself, police said
The dog was taken to the vet and is expected to make a full recovery from the shocking attack on Tuesday
The officer suffered minor injuries and called for assistance from his colleagues.
Police established a perimeter and the suspect was next seen near a car dealership where officers tried to make contact.
But Trabelsi headed into a nearby ravine, causing police to use their dog named Chico.
But the suspect stabbed the dog in its head with his machete in a brutal attack.
Trabelsi then stabbed himself multiple times in the stomach, according to police.
After a two-hour manhunt through tough terrain, using a police helicopter, officers found Trabelsi and arrested him
Chico was taken to a vet and is expected to recover.
Officers then searched for Trabelsi for two hours in tough terrain, assisted by a helicopter.
He was eventually found, arrested and taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
Witnesses are urged to contact Oceanside Police.
The officer suffered minor injuries and called for assistan