Doraville K9 officer Tryko. (Doraville Police Department)
Doraville K9 officer Tryko. (Doraville Police Department)

Dunwoody Police officers charged a known fugitive with cruelty to animals after he stabbed a K9 unit in the mouth after being captured by U.S. Marshals.

Jeffrey Nathan Coleman, 37, of Jasper, Ga., faces a charge of cruelty to animals for stabbing Doraville Police K9 officer Tryko with a broken broomstick on April 1 as he tried to escape U.S. Marshals.

Coleman, on the run from police in Pickens County and other counties, faces charges of aggravated assault and pointing a gun at someone. He was tracked to Dunwoody’s Hidden Branch subdivision on April 1. Dunwoody Police were on the scene providing agency assistance and the Doraville K9 unit was brought over to help find Coleman, police said.

Jeffrey Nathan Coleman

Tryko the dog received more than 20 stitches and is expected to be OK.

Update on Injured Police K9: K-9 officer Tryko had a rough and restless night. He is doing better today though, and…

Posted by City of Doraville Police Department on Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.