A Canadian County sheriff's deputy used his nightstick and the hood of his cruiser to protect a man who apparently was being attacked by two dogs Friday afternoon.
The incident happened near Etta Dale Junior High. School lets out at 2 p.m. on Friday so there weren’t very many students in the area when the 3 p.m. confrontation took place.
Witnesses said they heard a man screaming and when they looked, TWO PIT BULLDOGS were chasing him. The man was said to be running backwards trying to ward off the dogs with a jacket.
Deputy Storm Barrett said in a report that he was driving by and saw what was happening. He said he tried to drive his patrol cruiser between the dogs and the man, but was unable to separate them.
He then got out of the vehicle and used his baton to protect the man from the dogs. The deputy and the man, identified as Jarvis Bethany, got on the hood of the cruiser as the dogs continued to circle.
Storm said the dogs would start to wander away so he banged on the side of his vehicle to keep them occupied, afraid they might focus their attention on someone else.
El Reno animal control officer Mike Townsend arrived and tasered one of the dogs, described by Barrett as the “larger male pit.”
The deputy said the female pit then ran away and was later found.
The report said the dogs did not bite Bethany and the owner of the dogs was cited for allowing them to run at large.