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Man stabs K-9, sprays deputies with bear spray during Jamul welfare check

San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Posted at 4:41 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 19:41:11-04

JAMUL, Calif. (KGTV) -- A man was arrested Tuesday morning after reportedly stabbing a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department K-9 and spraying deputies with bear spray.

Deputies were called to the 15000 block of Skyline Truck Trail in Jamul around 10 a.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of a man walking around a vehicle talking to himself.

When deputies arrived, they made contact with the man, identified as Richard Lechuga, 29, of San Diego, sitting in a vehicle.

When deputies approached Lechuga, he reportedly sprayed three of them with bear spray through an open window.

Deputies say Lechuga then brandished what appeared to be a knife and a handgun and stabbed a K-9 in the head and face.

Deputies were able to take Lechuga into custody after using less-lethal shotgun rounds, pepper balls and a Taser.

The K-9 was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The deputies were also treated on scene and Lechuga was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Lechuga was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, assaulting a police animal and resisting arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.