Man seeks $3M from Lakewood after K9 attack

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Tacoma man is seeking $3 million from the City of Lakewood for injuries he says he suffered during a police dog attack in 2011.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports ( that 27-year-old Charles Boyles alleges in a tort claim filed Wednesday that the dog attacked him without provocation. He says the attack happened around 2:40 a.m. on May 7 near a vacant field.

The claim says officers were looking for a suspect in the area. A police dog named Astor plowed ahead in vegetation and grabbed ahold of Boyles. The dog let him go after officers saw he was not the suspect.

Boyles claims long term damage to his arm.

Police spokesman Chris Lawler said Thursday the department was not commenting on any pending claims or litigation.

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