We noted a small skirmish between a Danville canine officer and two men outside The Livery on our Facebook Page Saturday night, noted that things got nasty and that the officer’s canine partner brought things to a swift and resolute conclusion.
Town spokesman Geoff Gillette confirmed that Officer Tyler Nelson was on patrol near The Livery at 11:15 p.m. when Nelson spotted two men allegedly acting in a disorderly fashion. Nelson reported that as he and his canine partner, Rony, approached the men he observed that they were allegedly yelling at a maintenance worker, Gillette said.
Things went south when Nelson intervened, police said, and the two men – later identified as Fredrick and Franklin Howard, both 49, of Danville – allegedly “turned on him.”
One thing the Howards might have known beforehand but most assuredly do now is that police dogs are extremely protective of their human partners. Rony did what K9 officers do and, after a bite was reportedly inflicted on one of the Howards, the pair was subdued as fellow officers arrived on the scene and peace was restored.
Both men were charged with resisting an executive officer and transported to the Martinez Detention Facility, according to police. It’s not known what Rony got when he went off duty but we’d venture it had something to do with steak.