A man who was at his ex-wife’s house had a police dog sicced on him early Friday morning after he pulled out a gun when a police officer asked him for identification, according to a Johnson City police report.
Johnson City police had been called to 1417 Meadowbrook Drive about 2:20 a.m. Friday on reports of a prowler and found Charlie Cummings, 301 Royal Circle, No. 81, standing at the basement door of the home.
The officer who responded, Robert Edwards, asked Cummings what he was doing. Cummings said his children lived at the home. He was asked for identification and reportedly told Edwards he would have to kill him. It was at this point he pulled out a small handgun, according to the report.
“I was placed in imminent fear of bodily injury at that time,” Edwards wrote in the incident report.
Edwards drew his weapon and moved behind his vehicle for protection, ordering Cummings to drop the gun several times.
Cummings did drop the gun but would not move away from it, according to the report, so Edwards released his K-9 partner. The dog bit Cummings on the left shoulder, but Cummings resisted and fought with the dog, according to the report. Edwards helped his dog subdue Cummings until backup officers arrived.
Cummings struggled with the backup officers as they took him to the police cruiser, stiffening when they tried to place him in the back seat, according to the report. One officer used knee strikes to get Cummings in the vehicle.
Police said Cummings had a very strong odor of alcohol on his breath and slurred speech.
The gun he had was a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun. A round was found in the chamber.
Cummings was taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of the dog bite and then on to the Washington County Detention Center.
He was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a handgun while under the influence, unlawful possession of a weapon, public intoxication and resisting arrest.
Cummings was being held on $33,500 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance Monday.