SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake police K-9 officer already facing a criminal charge accusing him of releasing his dog on a man kneeling in his yard with his hands up has been charged in a second biting incident.
The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has filed amended charges against Nickolas John Pearce.
They charged him with a second count of aggravated assault. Police pulled over an SUV that was reported stolen in 2019.
The female driver complied with orders to hold her hands out the window.
Prosecutors say Pearce lifted up his dog toward the woman’s arms and told the dog to “hit.” The dog bit the woman’s arm.