Police: Man releases attacking dog on officers

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Columbia County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Timothy Schultz

LAKE CITY, Fla. - A man in Lake City fleeing police released an attack dog on officers late Wednesday night, according to the Lake City Police Department.

Police said officers were trying to stop a truck trying to run another vehicle off the road about 11 p.m., and after stopping the vehicle, the driver got out of his truck and released a dog on approaching officers.

The dog was shot in self-defense by police and the driver was subdued and arrested, police said.

Police said 26-year-old Kenneth Bullard was driving when he called dispatchers and said another truck behind him was driving recklessly and trying to run him off the road.

Police said they got behind the truck driven by 47-year-old Timothy Schultz, but he wouldn't stop. Police said he slammed on his brakes several times while officers were behind him.

Officers said the man drove home and into his yard. That's when he got out and released the dog, a German Shepherd, from the backseat, police said.

Officers said they shot the dog in self-defense.

Schultz was arrested and booked at the Columbia County Detention Center without bail. Animal shelter workers treated the dog's injuries.

Schultz refused a DUI test at the jail, and as a result, his driver's license was suspended for a year, police said.

Police said Schultz was involved in another altercation with officers last month.

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