Alleged ex-con with gun bitten by police dog, arrested near Azusa

Deputies used a K-9 to Tuesday to arrest an ex-convict who allegedly had a gun and fled from them in an unincorporated county area near Azusa, authorities said.
Rafael Garcia, 36, of Azusa was booked on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Kirk Smith said.
The incident began about 1:30 p.m. a Newburgh Street and Heathdale Avenue, when deputies spotted a man with a gun, the sergeant said.
The suspect, later identified as Garcia, allegedly ran from deputies and was found hiding in the area with the help of a sheriff’s K-9, Smith said.
He was booked at the jail ward of Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center where he was being treated for a dog bite, the sergeant added.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Garcia was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail and is due for arraignment Thursday in West Covina Superior Court.

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