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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police work can be dangerous even for man's best friend.

Craighead County Sheriff's Department along with Bono's K-9 officer were called out to an incident involving a weapon on County Road 484 Thursday night.  Bono's K-9 officer assisted in an effort to locate the suspect, Daniel Barrett, who fled after police said he beat his wife.

According to Deputy, Justin Rolland, the K-9 officer ordered the dog to assist in the arrest after Barrett fled the scene and refused to follow verbal orders. During the arrest Barrett beat the K-9 causing injury.

"The original call said this was a disturbance involving weapons so the officers weren't certain if the suspect had weapon or not," said Rolland. "The officer began giving instructions to show his hands and he wouldn't do it so they let the dog loose."

Rolland says there are certain justifications for when officers can deploy the K-9.

"We use them all the time in narcotics detention," he said.

 However, they use more than their noses to sniff out drugs.

"They are extremely helpful in apprehension of suspects or escapees," said Rolland.

The K-9 in this case has suffered injuries but will be okay. Rolland said killing or injuring an animal used by a law enforcement agency is a class D felony in the state of Arkansas.

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