MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minneapolis police officer is recovering after being seriously wounded when her own police dog bit her.

Veteran police officer Bonnie Edwards and her dog, Maui, have been crime fighting partners for 6 years, but a chaotic arrest last Friday left Edwards wounded.

It all began when officers pulled over Davontae Deshon Mchie after he ran several stop signs near 33rd Avenue North and Fremon Avenue North. As officers tried to handcuff him, Mchie started to drive off. As one officer jumped into the car to tackle Mchie, Edwards and Maui rushed to help. Mchie then jumped out of the car and tried to run.

“Officer Edwards engaged the suspect and the officers that were struggling and actually became part of that struggle,” said Sgt. Danny May of the Minneapolis Canine Unit.

Mchie, Edwards and another officer ended up struggling between two cars.

“Her canine came to assist and inadvertently bit Officer Edwards in the leg,” said May. “When she gave the dog a command, the dog realized he was biting her and immediately released his bite.”

Edwards was hospitalized for two days, but is expected to make a full recovery. Maui will be allowed to come back and work with Edwards once she recovers.

May said Maui was just doing his job.

“He saw the commotion and what was going on, and he just happened to bite the wrong leg,” said May.

May says it is relatively common for officers to get bitten when they are training dogs, and occasionally police dogs will bite another officer in the chaos of an arrest. However, it is exceedingly rare for a dog to bite his own handler

Mchie now faces two felonies and a DWI.

Comments (13)
  1. riley says:

    Thank god they didn’t put maui down. I would have been so angry!!!! accidents happen in hectic moment!

  2. rw says:

    put the dog on paid leave

  3. Peace says:

    Really Jeff. So you’ve never made a mistake in your life, must be nice to be perfect.

  4. Fido says:


    Woof, woof, woof.


    1. The cat says:

      Hey, we don’t appreciate that kind of language here! I know you support your buddy but there is no need to take that tone.

  5. ej says:

    Out of control? Did you miss the part about the dog releasing his bite on command? Sounds like the officer had pretty good control of the dog to me.

  6. Thin Blue Line says:

    Relax, Jeff. You’re talking about a dog the city has likely invested $20k-$30k in between training for the dog, the handler, vet costs, etc. The dog did exactly what it was trained to do.

  7. sw says:

    Jeff obviously hates animals. Did you not READ and COMPREHEND the story!

  8. Fan of the Cops on the beat says:

    Great job to both Maui & Officer Edwards for getting a drunk off the streets.

    I hope Officer Edwards & Maui are back on the streets soon!

    I’ve seen them in the car and to be honest I wouldn’t want to ever tangle with either one on them!


  9. Northsider says:

    sounds like “jeff” needs to be put down

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