Police: Battery suspect opened fire on K9 team

A battery suspect opened fire on a Pinellas Park Police K9 team Thursday night, according to a police statement.
 
Officers responded to a disturbance call around 10 p.m. in the 9100 block of 54th Way North.
 
A pregnant woman told them the father of the child had grabbed and pushed her.
 
The suspect, Michael Lopez, 30, had fled into the backyard of another home.
 
More officers and K9 units were called in to look for Lopez. During the search, one K9 team spotted Lopez in a backyard on 91st Avenue North.
 
He refused to surrender and a dog was sent to apprehend him. Lopez had a handgun and opened fire.  The dog and handler were not hit.
 
Lopez threw the weapon into another yard during the encounter.
 
He suffered serious injuries from the dog while resisting arrest, according to police.
 
He was treated at a hospital and then taken to the Pinellas County Jail.  He faces six different charges including assault and battery.
 
Police say Lopez has an extensive criminal record and has served prison time.
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