Willowbrook Police Officer Bitten By Police Dog

A Willowbrook police sergeant was out of surgery Wednesday afternoon, after being bitten by a police dog during a robbery pursuit.

Wilowbrook Police Chief Mark Shelton said Sgt. Arthur Svehla was pursuing three suspects in a robbery Tuesday night.

Svehla, the police dog, Icha, and the dog’s handler were chasing the suspects when the dog was released to help in the chase, Shelton said.

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Svehla was leading a pursuit of the three dogs and was bitten when he and the dog caught up with two suspects.

“The dog did exactly what he was trained to do. The officer who was bitten had proceeded in front of the K-9 handler in a foot pursuit of the three suspects, at which time the dog bit the officer,” Shelton said. “This officer had got in front of trying to corner off, if you will, the three fleeing suspects and the dog also had gotten ahead and saw the officer first, at which time he bit the arm of the officer.”

Svehla needed surgery on his arm, but had been released from the hospital by Wednesday afternoon. The dog, Icha, was being placed back on duty after being checked by a local veterinarian.

Two men were arrested, but the third suspect got away.

Marshall Livingston, 20, and Paul Lamoureux, 19, were charged with resisting a police officer and fleeing and eluding police. Livingston was also charged with battery.

Bond was set at $35,000 for Livingston and $50,000 for Lamoureaux at a hearing before a DuPage County judge on Wednesday.

  • me

    This article is so “misinformed” This is the TRUE story….. The dog was watching a taping of the new Reality Show ” Run Forest Run” and this is when the dog saw Officer Forest and decided to restrain him from opening the box of chocolates. Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates…..Moral of the story Stupid is as stupid does

  • agrippamom

    Too bad cops aren’t as understanding when a non-cop’s dog bites or threatens to bite one of them, because THEY’RE JUST DOING THEIR JOB, TOO, protecting their people and their home!

    Guess what, Mr. Officer, my dog is every bit as important to me as yours is to you, and probably more so. My dog is family, whereas police dogs are often thrown away by departments hen they can no longer work.

    God help anyone who shoots a member of my family.

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