A Marine Corps veteran and his German shepherd puppy helped police capture a suspect accused of injuring an officer and trying to break into several Scottdale homes on Wednesday.
Edward Swingle, 31, said his military training kicked in, and so did the instincts of his 4-month-old puppy, Keeper.
“I’m happy that I did not have to do anything worse,” Swingle said. “My dog definitely surprised me.”
The chaotic scene on Loucks Avenue and Mulberry Street in Scottdale started around 8 a.m., when resident Richard Grabiak said he left his garage door open for a few minutes while he went to get a cup of coffee at a nearby convenience store.
When he returned, Grabiak said, he found a man inside his garage.
Grabiak grabbed a garden tool to hold the man — identified by police as Corey Matthew Pandullo, 30 — at bay. When a Scottdale officer arrived, police said, Pandullo appeared to be under the influence of something and “mumbled many unintelligible words,” according to court papers.
“The police officer went to cuff him and he got one cuff on and the guy pushed the police officer and he took off around the house,” Grabiak said.
The officer landed on his right side and arm, injuring his elbow and forearm, according to court papers. He had cuts to his hand and knee.
Grabiak said that as they followed Pandullo around the house, the suspect apparently returned to the garage and tried to get away with Grabiak’s SUV, but backed it over an embankment in a…