Man with machete breaks Oceanside patrol car windshield, stabs police dog

A man armed with a machete broke the windshield of an Oceanside police patrol vehicle and stabbed a police dog Tuesday, a police official said.

The incident started about 5 p.m., when the man broke the windshield of the vehicle, which was near the Department of Motor Vehicles office on Thunder and Hacienda drives, just south of state Route 78, Lt. Travis Norton said.

The attack, which police said was unprovoked, left the windshield shattered, Norton said. The officer was struck by shattered glass, and the man fled, Norton said.

Police searched the area, and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department sent a helicopter to assist in the manhunt. The man was found in the river valley west of College Avenue and south of the freeway.


He was taken into custody, but stabbed a police dog during the arrest. The dog was taken to a veterinarian, Norton said.

Figueroa writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.