A Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officer sustained injuries from a pit bull attack during a domestic violence call on Tuesday night.
According to GPD spokesperson David Chudzik, officers responded to 1100 SE 2nd Ave. at 10:04 p.m. after receiving a call from the victim’s son saying that his stepdad was hitting his mother and breaking items inside the residence.
When officers arrived, they observed Quamine Williams, 31, in the front yard. Officers gave Williams commands to come to them, but Williams instead went inside the residence and emerged with a pit bull.
The suspect released the dog toward the officers, and it bit an officer on the right wrist and right thigh before the officer drew his duty weapon and fired two shots, striking the pit bull in the right rear. The dog disengaged and ran to the backyard.
Chudzik said in an email reply that the investigation revealed the victim and Williams were involved in a verbal altercation initially, but then the suspect forcibly grabbed the victim’s phone out of her hands. When the victim attempted to retrieve her phone, Williams, who lives with the victim, pushed the victim and ripped a chain off her neck. The victim sustained injuries to her neck.
Officers arrested Williams and charged him with simple battery, criminal mischief, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and robbery by sudden snatching. He was transported to the Alachua County Jail.
Animal control was contacted regarding the pit bull. The injured officer was treated at UF Shands Springhill and released overnight.
When a highly trained police dog injures a fleeing suspect during an altercation, there's a big stink made of it. When a suspect employs their own dangerous, likely untrained dog to attack an officer during a citizen call for police aid during domestic violence - not much is being made of the situation.
Why the disparity? (yes, that's a rhetorical question)