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Police dog cut, officer shoots suspect

A sickle can be a dangerous weapon. But a gun is more efficient.

A deputy shot a man Friday in Placerville after he charged him with a hand-held sickle, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies. A sickle is a curved blade that chops tall grass, and in this case, a police dog.

Gerardo Gutierres Ponce, 24, suffered a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. He was “acting bizarre and out of control” and investigators believe he was under the influence of a controlled substance when he attacked. His wound was treated at Marshall Hospital and he is now in a medical unit in the Placerville jail.

GutierresPonce nearly killed the police dog with the sickle. Kreig, a 6-year-old German shepherd, suffered eight cuts to his head. The sickle’s 12-inch blade sliced Kreig’s thick leather collar, which may have saved the dog’s life, investigators said.

The shooting occurred at 430 Forni Road after Gutierres Ponce allegedly threatened a 30-year-old neighbor with the sickle. He demanded a ride to a post office.

The man escaped Gutierres Ponce and drove a quarter-mile to the sheriff’s station.

Seven deputies and Kreig went to Forni to arrest Gutierres Ponce. A deputy fired a bean bag to incapacitate him. It struck Gutierres Ponce in the chest, stopping him momentarily, before he ran into a pear orchard behind his house.

Then Kreig was released. When the dog reached Gutierres Ponce, he suffered enough damage from the sickle to require four stitches.

When a deputy reached Gutierres Ponce and the bleeding dog, Gutierres Ponce came at him with the sickle. The deputy fired two shots, striking Gutierres Ponce once in the left shoulder. An El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department official would not release the name of the deputy who wounded the man.

The standoff between deputies and Gutierres Ponce started at 4:45 p.m. and lasted 30 minutes. Gutierres Ponce was booked for kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, felony attack on a police canine, brandishing a knife and false imprisonment.

According to Sheriff Hal Barker, a preliminary investigation of the incident indicated the shooting was made in self-defense and within department policy. However, his department is investigating the shooting.

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