Cornish man arrested after day of clash in which police dog was stabbed

Police have arrested a Cornish man accused of stabbing a police dog during a 24-hour standoff which authorities say began when he damaged a neighbour’s house with a tractor and punctured it neighbor’s tires in an unprovoked attack.

A neighbour’s car in Cornish has had its tires punctured. Courtesy of York County Sheriff’s Department

When police attended the scene at 68 Spur Road to investigate, they say Edward Kalinoski, 66, retired to his home and refused to come out. The neighbor reported that Kalinoski appeared to have a handgun when he vandalized the property, York County Sheriff William L. King Jr. said.

Deputies called the county’s SWAT team, crisis negotiators and mental health experts to try to dissuade Kalinoski, but Kalinoski did not engage with them Thursday, King said in a statement. At one point, when Kalinoski appeared unarmed, officers sent in a police dog, but Kalinoski had access to a knife and stabbed the police K9, named Gunther, in each hind leg.

Gunther the K9 Courtesy of York County Sheriff’s Department

Gunther was taken to Scarborough Veterinary Hospital where he was treated and released, King said.

Police then carried out a “targeted dismantling” of part of Kalinoski’s house so they could fire chemical irritants inside. Sometimes he appeared armed with knives or improvised weapons.

At 6:30 a.m. Friday, 24 hours after the clash began, Kalinoski walked out of the house with what was later discovered to be a replica gun, and was arrested by the tactical team and taken to hospital for treatment of non-life. – threatening injuries.

At first, police believed the disagreement between Kalinoski and his neighbor stemmed from a dispute over landscaping, but police later said the attack was unprovoked.

A judge granted police an arrest warrant for Kalinoski and authorized a search of his home. He was charged with reckless driving with a dangerous weapon, criminal threats, criminal mischief and refusing to submit to arrest or detention, King said.

Spur Road was closed from Joe Berry Road to Route 5 while deputies dealt with the situation.

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