PD: Officers Attacked, Great Dane Shot and Killed in Moodus

According to police, the dog attacked officers as they were making an arrest.


On November 10, 2012, Troop K police responded to a domestic dispute between a male and female in the parking lot of Hilltop BBQ and Steakhouse Restaurant in Moodus. Richard J. Blakeman, age 50, of Seymour became combative with investigating troopers, according to police.

During the struggle with Blakeman, a Great Dane that had been in Blakeman's vehicle exited the vehicle and attacked the troopers as they were attempting to arrest Blakeman.

According to police, as a result of the attack, troopers were forced to shoot and kill the dog. Two troopers were injured during the struggle, were treated for their injuries and released.

Blakeman was charged with breach of peace, interfering with a police officer and assault of a police officer. He is being held on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Middletown Court on 11/13/2012.

Objective November 19, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Monty...u said the troopers should have waited for AC before dealing with your father?? i have a good idea...maybe your father should have got out of the car...manned up...and cooperated with the state police like an adult. the troopers were not expecting to get into a fight with your father...which caused the dog to react. grow up and accept facts...apparently its in your blood to not be able to take responsibility and accept facts. the dog only got involved because YOUR DAD was fighting the cops. your dad owes you a dog. end of story
Matt November 19, 2012 at 09:49 PM
"owes you a dog" - it's not like it's a toy, it's a family member. Most people with pets that they truly care about would agree 100%.
Monty November 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Fair enough. Observer. Be human and accept reason. You sound programmed pretty well. If you haven't been following my posts, I am the one looking for and finding facts. And again, reality. Officers have to deal with the situation 'at hand'. Not how it should be. Now you think that my father was complying until he got out of the car? No. Anything else that I can reasonably counter? And ma'am, if I evade responsibility so well, what the heck am I doing wasting my time with you? I'm here to claim responsibility, and if I didn't, your ignorance would let you do NOTHING else but believe that my sweet Monty was something he's not. My responsibility is to make absolutely sure that he did absolutely have to killed in the way he did. Understand?
Robin Hood November 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM
You are not going to find what you are looking for. There are no answers other than what happened, I'm sorry but there aren't. Everything has a Cause and Effect, I hope they still teach that. What you can do is look to educate people so that this never happens to them and their pet, but you have to be totally up front with the facts, you can't spin it. There is a lot to be learned here for pet owners, citizens, police and troopers. I can't say X because I wasn't there. I can't judge anything by anyone and I'm not, there are only a few truths based on what is known of dogs and past incidents. Once a dog is involved in a confrontation it is over, in a police situation there is no time to wait, because in the past wounded dogs have grabbed children and people and fellow officers have even been shot by fellow officers trying to control a wounded dog, its Pandoras box and job 1 is to shut it. Because there is no telling what a wounded animal will do they have to err on the side of protecting the people, if it ran and killed a child because it was wounded and in pain how would you comfort those people? It is a tragedy beyond the beyond, there is no winning if you shot the dog or not, if you wait and it attacks someone you're wrong, if you shoot you're wrong, there are no winners. This sucks but it goes back to where it initiated.
Monty November 20, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Thanks, but I guess there's nothing you can say to make me feel different. Even so, I can gather that there were no children close by. He was sitting there bleeding from his chest. And as I said before, the officer said he wasn't charging at all. He moved. And by saying "it's over"' only says to me it's their 'choice' on how to diffuse that situation. You all do have valid points, but apply those to this scene. Half of the variables don't exist. And, I would expect to see a shot in his chest, and 3 in his ass. Does that make sense? Any sense at all to you? And, the info on Monty's wounds is a mystery right now. Noone has them. Noone knows where they are. Why? Again, for the final time. They did not have to kill him. That's it.


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