Man stabs HPD K-9 more than 6 times during arrest

Man stabs HPD K-9 more than 6 times during arrest

Police were called to the home at 6:55 p.m., and Christian Cantu's mother told police he was "acting crazy" and trying to kill himself. He also threatened to kill his mother and any police officers who came to the home.

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 21, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 10:37 PM

HOUSTON – A man was arrested Wednesday at his home and charged with interfering with a police service animal after he stabbed an HPD K-9 more than six times.

Police were called to the home at 6:55 p.m., and Christian Cantu's mother told police he was "acting crazy" and trying to kill himself. He also threatened to kill his mother and any police officers who came to the home.

When officers approached the front door, Cantu began yelling from a bedroom that he was going to kill them. Cantu came to the bedroom door, and officers could see that he had a knife in his right hand.

They ordered him to put it down, but he didn't and one officer deployed a stun gun from about 15 feet away.

After being hit a second time with a stun gun, Cantu went to the floor. Officers put handcuffs on him but he tried to get up, and the dog bit him in the leg.

Still holding the knife under his body, Cantu pulled it out and stabbed the dog twice. When the dog didn't succumb, Cantu stabbed it six more times but was arrested anyway.

After the scene had settled, officers took photos of the dog's slashed protective vest.

Cantu, who was being held Friday on no bond, will appear in court on Monday.

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