Police say a man bit a police dog that was used to arrest him during a violent incident Thursday morning in Rio Rancho.
Rio Rancho Police Capt. Andrew Rodriguez said officers were called to Rio West mobile home park in the 700 block of Grand Ridge Court to handle a report of an altercation between a man and a woman. The man, Chris Gavaldon, had used an ax to batter the woman, causing “significant injury” to her hand, Rodriguez said.
He said officers got medical treatment for the woman, but Gavaldon barricaded himself inside his home. Officers called the SWAT team, and New Mexico State Police came to help.
After a few hours of negotiation, Gavaldon came out briefly.
“He wasn’t being cooperative with us,” Rodriguez said.