RANDOLPH (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of stealing prescription drugs stabbed a police dog in his attempts to escape then holed up in a Randolph apartment for several hours.

The Kennebec County Sheriff’s department said a report came in at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday that 20-year-old Dustin Smith was at the Windsor Heights Apartment Complex after a prescription drug theft in West Gardiner.

Police say Smith also had outstanding warrants and was on probation.

Police with a dog located Smith hiding behind stairs. They said Smith stabbed the dog behind the left ear with a six-inch hunting knife.

Police said Smith then barricaded himself in an apartment with a woman and young child he eventually released. The standoff ended at about 10:40 p.m.

The dog required surgery but is expected to recover.

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