Police horse struck twice when officer broke up fight

Jose Alberto Mendez
Jose Alberto Mendez

Police horse Duke took a couple of blows in the line of duty in Pennsylvania before the arrest of the 18-year-old allegedly responsible.

Jose Alberto Mendez, has been charged with aggravated assault, escaping, resisting arrest, assaulting a police horse, and disorderly conduct over the incident in Lancaster City.

Last Friday, Officer Scott McDonald was on patrol with Duke when they came across Mendez and an unknown person fighting in the first block of S. Queen St.

A large crowd had started to gather, Lieutenant Todd Umstead reported.

McDonald gave repeated commands for the fight to stop, but they were not heeded.

McDonald then grabbed Mendez and told him he was under arrest.

Mendez allegedly punched Duke in the shoulder and then elbowed the horse in the right side of his stomach.

Mendez then threw a punch at McDonald, striking the front of his helmet.

Mendez managed to escape and fled on foot.

Officers Rick Beighley and Erik Pannone set off after Mendez, who was eventually captured and taken into custody after a brief struggle which required the use a Taser.

Mendez was charged and appeared before District Judge Cheryl Hartman. He was committed to Lancaster County Prison. The amount of bail is unknown.

The individual who was fighting with Mendez fled on foot and was not found.

Neither the officers, Mendez, nor Duke were injured in the incident.


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