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A Walworth County man is facing charges after he tried to choke and bite a Racine County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit named Murphy.

Leland O’Malley, 44, is facing charges of two counts of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and striking a police animal. The Racine County District Attorney’s Office has not formally charged O’Malley, but charges are expected.

According to a press release by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department, O’Malley was outside a Dover residence at 11:50 p.m. Monday night walking around the home demanding to be let in so that he could sleep. Appearing intoxicated, the man started banging on the windows and doors.

When asked to leave, he refused. So the homeowner called 911. When deputies arrived, they found O’Malley outside the home “still banging on windows and yelling,” the press release reads.

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K-9 handler Deputy Fisher had his K-9 partner Murphy with him. O’Malley refused to follow Fisher’s orders and charged at Fisher. When O’Malley did this, Fisher released Murphy and he bit O’Malley’s right arm and took him to the ground.

During the struggle, O’Malley tried to choke and bite Murphy.

“Deputy Fisher then engaged the suspect and was able to get Murphy out of the grasp of the suspect, who was then handcuffed,” the press release reads.

O’Malley is in custody at the Racine County Jail.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.