A Brookfield police officer was bit by a dog and fired three shots into the animal before it would release its grasp on his arm, police said.

The dog, a brown and white pitbull/whippet mix, left two puncture wounds and several scrapes in the arm of Sgt. Cody Dean, police said. He was treated by Brookfield Fire-EMS.

The dog’s owner, Frank H. Baker, 55, of 8191 Erie St., Masury, has been cited with failing to control his dog and issued a summons to appear in Trumbull County Eastern District Court on Jan. 23, police said.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian by its owner; the police report does not state the dog’s condition.

Dean said he was dispatched Jan. 10 to Erie Street in Masury for a loose dog.

“The caller stated that this was an ongoing issue and that she was not able to let her dogs outside because this dog was running around,” Dean said. “I saw that police have been called several times in the past about this dog and the owner was likely Frank Baker.”

The caller showed Dean a video of the dog running through her yard and, as he was watching the video, the dog ran across Erie Street, dragging a portion of leash from its collar, Dean said.

Dean went to Baker’s house and “Baker came to the door and asked if his dog got loose,” Dean said.
Baker came outside with a leash and called for the dog.

“I saw the dog run up to Baker,” Dean said. “Baker, who was approximately 20 feet away from me, bent over and put the leash on the dog. The dog then stood and charged towards me.”

The dog ran behind Dean, jumped up and bit his left elbow, he said.

“The dog attached itself to my arm with its teeth,” Dean said. “I drew my duty weapon and fired at the dog three times to get it to let go.”

This dog bit a 65-year-old Masury man on the arm and leg Dec. 31, 2021, while the man was walking his own dog, police said. The man was treated by Brookfield Fire-EMS, police said.

“Baker said the dog had no history of attacking anyone,” patrolman Jonathan Setser said in his report of the 2021 incident. “Baker was given a copy of the dog ordinance and informed he needed to keep his dog under control.”