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Police officer Tasered and bitten by police dog during traffic stop gone wrong

By Mason White 12:03 PM August 6, 2017
Stephen J. Hietala
Stephen J. Hietala
By: Mason White

A police officer was zapped with a Taser and needed stitches after he was bitten by a police dog in a traffic stop gone wrong.

Officer Brad Browning of Dilworth, Minnesota, pulled over a vehicle for a burned out headlight.

After running the license plate, he discovered that the driver, 27-year old Stephen Hietala of Perham, had a warrant out for his arrest for an assault on a peace officer.

The incident occurred around 1:45 a.m., on Wednesday. Officer Browning advised Hietala that he was under arrest, and ordered to get out his vehicle, but he refused.

Browning called for backup and a Moorhead police officer arrived.

While the two officers attempted to handcuff Hietala, the suspect resisted and the Moorhead officer attempted to zap him with a Taser.

However, he accidentally hit Browning with the Taser. Hietala took advantage of this and fled. Browning and the Moorhead officer gave chase.

Officers located Hietala, but he refused to cooperate. The officers deployed a K9 to help them get the suspect into custody.

For some reason, the dog mistook Browning for the suspect, and bit his leg and torso.

Browning needed six stitches due to the dog bite. He is taking time off from work to recover.

Hietala was ultimately subdued and booked into the Clay County Jail.

He is now facing charges of obstruction of the legal process, fleeing on foot, possessing a small amount of marijuana, and obstructing legal process in addition to the previous assault charge.