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Charges: Man attacked police K-9, spit on officers

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Charges: Man attacked police K-9, spit on officers

By Pat Reavy, KSL.com | Posted - Apr. 20, 2021 at 10:44 a.m.



MILLCREEK — A man accused of attacking a police K-9 after officers made several unsuccessful attempts to use their Tasers on him, now faces felony charges.

Tyson Morgan Binks, 32, of Millcreek, was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with burglary, a second-degree felony; injuring a police service canine, a third-degree felony; failing to stop at the command of police, assault on a police officer and spitting at a police officer, all class A misdemeanors.

On April 6, Binks broke into an apartment in Millcreek by breaking through a bathroom window, and then went into a shed in the yard, according to charging documents. Unified police found Binks hiding in the shed, but he ran from them back into the residence, the charges state.

As two officers attempted to place Binks in handcuffs, they used their Tasers three times to no effect. At one point after Binks fell to the ground, he "sat up and began pulling the Taser wires," the charges state.

He then picked up a vacuum and "swung it" at one of the officers, hitting one of the officers in the arm, according to the charges. The officers backed out of the apartment to create distance between them and Binks.

Binks exited the apartment, climbed onto the roof of a carport and "began throwing objects" at the officers, according to the charges. He then broke the window of another apartment and attempted to jump through the window but missed and "fell to the stairwell bellow," the charges state.

A third officer saw Binks, who was now on the ground level, trying to enter another apartment. He deployed his police K-9 Cash to stop Binks, according to the charges.

Cash latched onto Binks, who then grabbed the dog's muzzle and "began squeezing Cash's jaws together," according to the charges. He then grabbed a piece of metal and began to "'stab' Cash in the chest area," the charges state.

The officer heard Cash "make a wheezing sound in pain," prompting him to hit Binks to make him stop, according the charges. Cash was "covered in blood, had cuts to his head and paw" and his "belly appears to be sore," according to the charges.

As police were finally able to get handcuffs on Binks, he spit on one of the officers, the charges state.

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