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.