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Oroville Man Pleads No Contest in Case of Assaulting Police K-9

An Oroville man has pleaded no contest to charges of assaulting a police dog and resisting officers on Oct. 12.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2018 9:41 AM
Updated: Nov. 2, 2018 1:52 PM

UPDATE 12:57 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 - Lonnie McAllister, 51, of Oroville pleaded no contest on Thursday in Butte County Superior Court to charges of assaulting a police dog and resisting officers. 

Newly-released body cam footage shows the suspect engaging with the K-9. 

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UPDATE 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 - The suicidal subject has been identified as Lonnie McAllister, 51. 

According to the Butte County Sheriff's Ofice, he was lying in the bushes near the entrance to the wildlife area on Oro Dam Blvd. and 10th Street in Oroville at around 8 a.m.

A Department of Fish and Wildlife employee asked McAllister to move, as there has been an issue with illegal camping in these areas before, and he refused. The employee called for backup at that point. 

Shortly after making contact with McAllister, he pulled a knife from his pocket, held it to his throat and told deputies that he wanted to go. Because of this, Crisis Negotiators were called to the scene to diffuse the situation. 

During negotiations, McAllister made repeated demands for the deputies to shoot him. He started using the knife to make incisions on his neck, and in an effort to disarm McAllister deputies deployed their tasers, but they had little effect. 

K9 Ray was then deployed in a second attempt to disarm McAllister and he responded by violently stabbing the k9 twice with the knife. Due to the position of his harness, K9 Ray only suffered scrapes and bruises. 

As McAllister's agitation persisted, the deputies became more and more concerned that he would cause injury or death to himself. They deployed less-lethal bean bag rounds, tasers and a second K9, Solo, which was effective in subduing McAllister and removing his knife. 

McAllister was arrested for resisting a peace officer with violence, battery on a police service dog, brandishing a weapon at a peace officer and failure to register as a sex offender. 

He was transferred to a local hospital for treatment of self-inflicted knife wounds, a mental health evaluation and a medical clearance for jail. 

He will be booked into Butte County Jail following medical clearance, with bail set at $70,000. 

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UPDATE 12:05 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 - The Butte County Sheriff's Office plans to press charges against the suicidal subject after he attempted to stab one of their K-9s with the knife he was holding. 

The K-9's harness protected the dog from the attack. The dog was transported to Valley Oak Veterinary Center and suffered minor scrapes. 

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OROVILLE, Calif. - A portion of Oro Dam Boulevard W was closed on Friday morning following an incident with a suicidal subject.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office received calls about the incident around 8:30 a.m. at Oro Dam Boulevard W between 10th and 12th streets. 

Reports stated that there was a suicidal subject who had a knife, which prompted the hostage negotiation team to be dispatched. 

The subject was eventually brought into custody with self-inflicted knife wounds. 

Crews are currently in the process of cleaning up the scene. 

The subject was taken to the hospital. 

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