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.