Man Injured Police Officers, Police Dog Responding to Domestic Incident: Police

A man who lives in a Branford motel was arrested after injuring police officers and a police dog while they were responding to a domestic incident on Saturday night, according to police.

Police said they responded to the Branford Motel, at 470 East Main St., just before 9 p.m. on Saturday to investigate a violent domestic dispute between Louis Ortiz, 38, and his girlfriend.

When Officers Jay Kaufman, Mathew Clerkin, Luigi Amasino, and his police dog, Joker, arrived, they found Ortiz on the second-floor balcony.

As Officer Kaufman tried to take him into custody, Ortiz fought back and lunged at Joker, police said.

Joker subdued him, but Ortiz tried to choke the dog and continued to fight with officers, police said.

Officers Amasino, Clerkin and Joker were all injured. Amasino and Clerkin were treated at an area hospital for minor injuries and have been released.

Joker didn’t require medical attention.

Paramedics also brought Ortiz to a medical facility.

After he was treated, he was released to police and charged with breach of peace, third-degree assault, two counts of threatening, interfering with an officer, cruelty to animals and assault on an officer.

He was held on a $10,000 bond and was arraigned in New Haven court.

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