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Search for dog leads to struggle, arrest

Things began with the search for a dog which may have bitten another dog in the neighborhood.

They ended with a fight, a shattered fish tank, 17 stitches to a police officer’s knee cap and one arrest.

Fort Wayne police were assisting Animal Care & Control on Friday in locating a dog involved in a bite incident with another dog.

Officers traced the dog to a home in the 4400 block of Gaywood Drive, where a man inside was being very “evasive” to their questions, according to Fort Wayne Police reports.

Eventually, with other officers outside the home, the man began to struggle and fight with an officer inside the home. The officer later said in a report that it appeared the man was trying to retreat into the house and get away from police.

During the fight, a fish tank was shattered and a large cut was opened on the officer’s knee.

The man barricaded himself in a dark room in the home, which concerned officers because they did not know if he had the dog thought to be involved in the earlier attack with him or not.

Eventually, the man, identified as 31-year-old Jaray Allen Ridley, surrendered to police.

In a report, he’s quoted as saying: “Man, what else am I supposed to do, if you come in and grab up on me?”

Ridley is facing a preliminary felony charge of resisting law enforcement.

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