A police officer was bitten and a pit bull terrier shot following a domestic dispute in McKeesport.
Richard Curtis Webb, 53, of McKeesport was arrested at his residence in the 1800 block of Scott Street at 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday following an incident that started out as a call for a minor vehicle accident, police said.
Police said Webb backed his wife’s vehicle into a utility pole earlier in the afternoon. The wife, Erica Webb, asked police to retrieve her car key from her husband but Webb would not relinquish it.
When police arrived, a pit bull belonging to Webb was running loose and prevented officers from approaching the vehicle. Webb caught the dog and held it on his lap and reportedly yelled vulgarities to an officer who arrived with a police dog, saying his own animal was superior to the K-9.
Police said Webb continued to curse at police while refusing to turn over the key and, when asked by an officer if he was drunk, Webb allegedly responded affirmatively.
According to the criminal complaint, Webb eventually put his dog in the house and, when officers approached, went inside briefly, closing the door behind him. Police said Webb re-emerged from the house and lunged at police with the dog escaping behind him.
As officers struggled to subdue Webb, the pit bull grabbed the leg of police officer Jordan Angelo and began shaking it. Officer Ross Weimer said he feared for the safety of his fellow officer when he discharged his weapon four times, striking the animal with every shot.
Police eventually subdued Webb. At one point, Erica Webb tried to pull her husband away from police and was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct.
Richard Webb allegedly kicked police Assistant Chief Tom Greene in the chest as Greene attempted to lead him toward the police car. Once inside the vehicle, Webb allegedly kicked the vehicle’s windows, banged his head off a center divider and uttered death threats to officers.
At the police station, Webb allegedly urinated in a holding cell.
McKeesport police Captain Tim Hanna said the bitten officer wasn’t seriously injured. Angelo was treated at UPMC McKeesport for a puncture wound to the left foot and abrasions to his left leg, forehead and both arms, according to police reports.
Hanna said Weimer used “incredible restraint” in waiting for “a safe opportunity to eliminate the dog” when a chaotic situation was unfolding around him.
Hanna added of Webb, “It seemed like he had bad intentions from the time police pulled up and was intent on using his dog as a weapon.”
Webb is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and terroristic threats and single counts of reckless endangerment of another person, resisting arrest, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
His preliminary hearing in McKeesport is set for July 21 at 1 p.m.