Following a late-night scuffle at a cemetery during which they turned their police dog loose on an uncooperative, armed suspect, Arroyo Grande police arrested a 28-year-old local man on suspicion of possession of a stolen firearm, assaulting an officer, and unspecified firearms violations.
Police also are looking into possible domestic violence and first-degree burglary charges against Liam Jacy Leboon.
According to police, officers went to the Arroyo Grande Cemetery shortly before 1 a.m. Monday after a report that a man had fired a weapon at least once. A female friend of the man was walking behind him and providing a police dispatcher with information.
Police located him and ordered him to lie on the ground. He did not comply, according to the report, instead walking away and reaching toward his waistband.
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Officers warned the man that they were going to release their K-9 dog, and when he kept walking, they did. While he was distracted with the dog, officers took him into custody. They said they found a .38 caliber "detective special" in his jacket pocket.
Police took Leboon to the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital emergency room, where he was treated for three small puncture wounds and, according to police, kicked and attempted to bite an officer.
He was taken later to San Luis Obispo County Jail.
The case remains under investigation.