Domestic Assault Suspect Allegedy Sets Pit Bull Loose on Deputy

Animal shot; owner charged

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Charles County Sheriff's Office
    Joseph Romanowski

    It  has been said that domestic violence calls are among the most dangerous in law enforcement, and that was the case Thursday when a Charles County deputy was bitten by a pit bull while pursuing an assault suspect.

    Deputies were sent to a house in the 2100 block of Reverdy Farm Road in Indian Head when a woman reported her boyfriend was beating her. The first deputy on the scene saw Joseph Brock Romanowski, 35, run out of the house toward the back yard, police said. The deputy chased Romanowski, but as he reached a wooded area behind the house, a full-grown pit bull charged him, grabbed hold of his ankle and bit him, tearing his pant leg. The deputy fell to the ground. When the pit bull charged again, the deputy fired his service weapon, striking and disabling the dog, authorities said.

    Backup officers arrived and arrested Romanowski, of Harford County.

    The dog died at a veterinary clinic. 

    The officer was treated for injuries he sustained in the fall.

    Deputies were later told that Romanowski intentionally unchained his pit bull after he realized authorities were on the way. Investigators have also been told the dog was being trained for use in illegal dog fights.

    Romanowski was charged with second- degree assault. Additional charges are possible, authorities said.