Police dog credited with capture of suspect

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A Pittsburgh police officer's K9 dog took down a burglary suspect after the officer and the man fought desperately Thursday afternoon in Morningside, at one point tumbling down a snowy 40-foot hillside.

City police spokeswoman Diane Richard wrote in a news release Friday that the incident began at 12:28 p.m., after someone called 911 to report a burglary in progress at a home in the 1100 block of Jancey Street.

A Zone 5 officer whose name was not released spotted a man matching the suspect's description walking near Hampton Street and Heths Way.

Police gave the following account of what happened next:

The the officer got out of his car with his dog and ordered the man to stop. When the suspect started to run, the officer sicced the dog on him.

After the dog chomped down on the man's arm, the suspect, later identified as Roman Kulyk, slipped out of his jacket, leaving its sleeve in the dog's mouth, and ran. The officer and the suspect struggled, slipped in the snow and rolled down the hillside.

Mr. Kulyk, 24, whose address was unavailable, regained his footing first and ran yet again, but the dog gave chase and jerked him to the ground.

Other officers then arrived at the park and arrested Mr. Kulyk. Neither the officer, the suspect nor the dog was seriously injured.

Police said Mr. Kulyk is a suspect in other recent burglaries in the area.

Mr. Kulyk was being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond and faces a preliminary hearing Wednesday. He is charged with three counts of burglary and single counts of resisting arrest, aggravated assault, escape and taunting police animals.

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