Dog or­dered to at­tack deputies shot

The Covington News - - LOCAL - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

A man who al­legedly at­tacked his wife sent his dogs to­ward New­ton County Sher­iff’s deputies, shout­ing “sic ‘em” Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, NCSO re­ceived a com­plaint that Ni­cholas Clot­fel­ter, from Arthurs Lane, had taken a pill along with al­co­hol at a small foot­ball party at his wife’s res­i­dence.

The woman then told deputies that she and Clot­fel­ter were ar­gu­ing and she was at­tempt­ing to sleep in a sep­a­rate room for the night.

The woman then said she tried to leave the room after Clot­fel­ter and her kept ar­gu­ing, where he al­legedly pushed her into a bed­room win­dow and grabbed at her neck in a chok­ing man­ner. The com­plainant also told deputies that her hus­band had many guns inside the res­i­dence.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, when deputies ar­rived at the home and knocked on the door, they heard yelling inside and dogs be­gin­ning to bark. Clot­fel­ter then re­port­edly opened the front door and the dogs charged at the deputies in the front yard.

Re­ports fur­ther in­di­cated that a deputy dis­charged one round into the charg­ing dog’s chest and re­treated back to their pa­trol ve­hi­cles for cover. Clot­fel­ter then picked up the in­jured dog while a small child was in his arms.

Clot­fel­ter was ar­rested and charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault/felony, ter­ror­ist threats and acts/felony and bat­tery fam­ily vi­o­lence.

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