Bradenton police shoot pit bull with stun gun before arresting fugitive

Herald Staff ReportApril 3, 2014 


BRADENTON -- An officer shot a pit bull with a stun gun while trying to arrest a fugitive, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

Members of the Casual Clothes Unit received information that James Weiland, wanted for violation of probation in Missouri, was residing in the 1500 block of Eighth Avenue West in Bradenton, according to a police report.

Surveillance of the home was conducted and Weiland was seen entering and exiting the home at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday. Officers attempted to make contact with Weiland but he locked himself in the home and refused to open the door for police.

When officers forced entry into the home, they were confronted by a large pit bull, the report said. The dog reportedly became aggressive with a police officer and the officer used his taser in order to control the dog.

Weiland was found hiding in an adjacent apartment, which he reportedly got into from inside his own apartment.

Currently, Weiland is in custody at the Manatee County jail and is being held without bond. He will be transported to Missouri where Weiland will have to completet a five-year sentence in prison.

The dog did not suffer any injuries, the report said.

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