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Upstate K-9 taken off the job after biting man

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GREENVILLE, SC (WYFF) -

A Greenville County K-9 is off the job after escaping a patrol car and biting a man, according to Lt. Ty Miller with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Miller said deputies responded to a call of shots fired Saturday night between 11 p.m. and midnight on Goodrich Street.

She said deputies were able to stop a fight and disperse a crowd of about 100 people.

Miller said deputies were continuing to patrol the area when a deputy and the K-9 came upon a small group in the parking lot of Hollis Academy.

When the deputy told the group to disperse, Miller said they didn't and the deputy got out of his patrol car to speak to them.

Miller said when the deputy got out of the car he attempted to close the door but the K-9 darted out.

She said the K-9 should have been in the backseat of the car in a locked cage but somehow it was able jump into the front seat and come out the front door.

The handler was able to get the K-9 in the down position but when the men started to back away and run the dog bit one of the men in the buttocks, Miller said.

She said the man was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The K-9 has been taken of out of service while the department investigates how he was able to get out of the car.

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