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Man Mistakenly Attacked by Washington Police Dog

PARKLAND, Wash. --

Lakewood police were searching for a suspect in Parkland early Saturday morning when their K-9 police dog attacked a man with no connection to the crime.

Chad Boyles, 25, exited his back door and walked to Gonyea Playfield in Parkland at about 3 a.m., his father told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News. He left the house for a walk after an argument with his brother.

While at the playfield, an unleashed Lakewood police dog attacked him, Boyles’ father said. The dog went for his throat but Boyles blocked the animal and was bitten in his right forearm.

Boyles was not the man police were looking for and was not running from officers at the time of the attack.

Shortly after sustaining 3-inch deep gashes inflicted by the dog, an ambulance arrived at the scene to transport Boyles to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma.

Boyles was released from the hospital Sunday with pain medications and will require physical therapy.

His father told KIRO 7 the family is in the process of hiring an attorney.

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