Police shoot dog, tase owner at Target store in Mesa

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Samkeith Jahveh Jurden By Jennifer Thomas Samkeith Jahveh Jurden By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police officers shot a dog and tased its owner after they responded to a trespassing call at a Target store Monday night.
 
Police said Samkeith Jahveh Jurden, 25, walked into the store at Southern Avenue and Longmore wearing only swimtrunks and black socks. He sat in the middle of an aisle with his unleashed pit bull.

Jurden reportedly was mumbling, chanting and acting irrationally.
 
Store employees tried to get him to leave, but he refused and police were called.
 
Officers tried to talk to the man, but he wouldn't leave the store and a fight ensued.

The man's dog bit one of the officers and the officer shot it. Police spokesman Detective Steve Berry said Jurden then bit the other officer on the arm.
 
The dog ran off and was found dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The officers were forced to use a Taser on Jurden then took him into custody.
 
The officers were transported to a local hospital where they were treated for bite wounds and released.

According to court paperwork, a witness told police that the dog had attempted to bite another person earlier in the day at an apartment complex the suspect stays around.

Jurden was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, aggravated assault on an officer, criminal trespassing and assault by a vicious animal.

His bond was set at $5,600.