Police: Man continues to resist after Taser used, slams police dog to the ground

Antowine Ellis (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Antowine Ellis (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man who fled police faces multiple charges, including resisting an officer with violence and injuring a police dog, even after getting shocked with a Taser, according to authorities.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said Antowine Ellis, 36, is charged with the following:

Resisting an officer

Resisting an officer with violence (2 counts)

Battery on an officer (3 counts)

Injuring a police dog

Auto burglary

His bond was set at $32,000.

According to the probable cause report, Ellis is accused of hopping on a bicycle and riding off after being spotted in front of a building on North 38th Street by police officers on Wednesday.

The document stated officers followed him in their cars and eventually got out and ran after him. It added one of them used a Taser on him, but when they tried to arrest him, he allegedly started punching and kicking the officers.

Investigators said the suspect was able to crawl under a house to get away. They added he then crawled from under it and jumped over a fence. Police reportedly began chasing him again and ordered him to stop, but they said he didn't.

However, by that time, a police dog and his handler had joined the pursuit and BRPD reported K-9 "TAG" captured the suspect. Authorities said while the dog was subduing him, he picked up "TAG" and slammed him to the ground. Police are expected to release information about the dog's condition later in the day.

Police also stated while trying to cuff Ellis, he continued to resist arrest. He allegedly swung his hands and feet at officers.

Officers said they also found a purse on the suspect, which was later reported missing due to a vehicle break-in.

Ellis was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on the above charges.

The investigation is ongoing.

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