Police dog ‘Dexter’ stabbed several times in Encanto standoff

SAN DIEGO - A service dog was stabbed several times Monday during a brief police standoff with a knife-wielding man in an Encanto-area neighborhood, authorities said.

The confrontation in the 600 block of 64th Street began shortly after 8:30 a.m., following a 911 call from a resident who reported that her 22-year-old son, Rogelio Carreon, was armed with a knife and standing on her front porch, according to San Diego police.

When patrol personnel arrived, the man refused to drop the makeshift weapon, public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said. During the face-off, police sent in a service dog in an attempt gain compliance from the Carreon, who allegedly responded by stabbing the animal several times in the stomach.

The dog named "Dexter" suffered serious injuries and was taken to an animal hospital. As of noon, he was expected to survive, according to police.

At about 9:20 a.m., officers were able to subdue the allegedly belligerent man and take him into custody.