A man hospitalized after being attacked by his dog Thursday night was found to be wanted by authorities for failing to appear in court on a resisting arrest offense back in 2014.
Officers responded about 7:30 p.m. Thursday to a residence in the 7100 block of Emerson Street “for a radio call for someone screaming inside,” township Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said Friday.
Inside the house, according to the superintendent, officers found Jonathan Lucas, 44, bleeding from both legs and a dead dog under the dining room table. On the floor was a .44-caliber revolver with four spent shells and one live round in the chamber.
“The dog was shot multiple times,’ Chitwood said.
According to Lucas’ statement, “the dog was attacking him and he shot the dog in self-defense,” Chitwood said.
“His left ankle and thigh were mangled,” Chitwood said, adding Lucas was taken by ambulance to Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
Chitwood described the dog as a 2-year-old PIT BULL/GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX. He also said the dog has been the subject of at least two previous complaints for aggression.
Lucas has had repeated contact with police and how the 2014 bench warrant went unnoticed is under investigation.
“I don’t know exactly when the bench warrant was issued,” Chitwood said.
According to Chitwood, Lucas was administered NARCAN following heroin overdoses on Oct. 7 and April 8 of this year, and Dec. 3, 2014. All three times, he was found unconscious at his residence. The opioid antidote was twice administered by police, and once by paramedics.
In addition, police responded to the Emerson Street residence for an aggressive animal complaint on Feb. 8, 2016. And on Dec. 15, 2015, a woman on Long Lane told police she was walking her dog on Emerson Street when the dog in question attacked her pet.
Chitwood said Lucas remained hospitalized in serious condition as of Friday afternoon.