HALLANDALE BEACH (CBS4) – Police arrested a man in connection with Friday night’s attack that sent a Hallandale Beach police officer to the hospital.
Police arrested 29-year-old Jarvis Barnes of West Park on Saturday. They said he was the man who attacked officer Eric Bruce who pulled him over before taking off running.
Bruce was taken to the hospital after the attack.
Authorities say bruce pulled over Barnes near Northwest 4th Avenue and Foster Road. As the officer approached the vehicle, Barnes ran away.
According to police, when Bruce reached Barnes, there was a violent struggle that left the officer with a head injury. That injured officer was transported to the hospital.
Barnes, meanwhile, fled into a nearby home.
While police were looking for Barnes, officers came across a pit bull. An officer opened fire on the dog because he was acting aggressively, police said.
“I was feeding my dog. I was actually feeding him,” he said. “I was mixing his food in the back yard. I guess they were coming around the corner and the cars were down the street. So when my dog came out he was in fear for his life. My dog didn’t do anything.”
The pit bull’s owner took the injured dog to the vet. The dog is expected to survive.
Bruce was discharged from Memorial Regional Friday.
Police said Barnes was driving with a suspended license.
He was charged with aggravated battery on a police officer and various counts of obstruction, disobeying a stop/ yield sign Barnes is also on probation for allegedly selling marijuana, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams.