SAN JOSE -- A man was hospitalized after stabbing himself in the chest, then fighting off a police dog using his hands and teeth in a confrontation with officers Monday evening, authorities said.
A sheriff's deputy went to the 400 block of Raymond Avenue in an unincorporated part of the city near San Jose City College around 7:45 p.m. on reports of a family disturbance.
When the deputy arrived, a man in his 30s brandished a kitchen knife and charged the officer, who maneuvered so his Ford Crown Victoria cruiser was positioned between the two.
"The subject then punctured a tire and broke out multiple windows by punching and smashing them," said Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup.
The deputy called for emergency aid, and numerous officers with the sheriff's department and San Jose police arrived at the scene.
At that point, the man continued to be confrontational toward the officers, and stabbed himself three times in the chest, causing injuries not considered life threatening. Officers released the police dog, and the subject "basically assaulted the dog by biting, punching and choking it," Stenderup said.
He dropped the knife in the scuffle with the dog and officers were able to move in and take him into custody. One officer suffered unspecified injuries in the takedown.
Stenderup said the man is believed to have been under the influence of a controlled substance. He credited officers with taking the subject into custody without further injury.
"If anything, we are very proud of our deputies for showing the restraint they did," he said.
The man, who has not been identified, faces charges of brandishing a weapon at an officer, injuring a police dog and vandalism. He remained in the hospital Tuesday evening.
The dog, named Ski, has scraped up paws and elbows but is expected to return to work soon.
Stenderup said the commotion attracted a significant crowd to the scene.
Anyone who has information or video footage of the incident is asked to call sheriff's investigators at 408-808-4500 or the anonymous tip line at 408-808-4431.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.