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St. Paul police dog bit man after handler lost control

The victim, 33-year-old Glenn Slaughter, was leaving for work Friday when the dog bit him.
Credit: Josh Bryant, KARE
St. Paul Police file photo

ST. PAUL, Minn. - City leaders in St. Paul are making "significant changes" to the police department's K-9 unit and ordering an external review after a dog broke free from its handler and mistakenly bit a man.

Police say they were searching for an armed suspect Friday morning in the city's Dayton Bluff neighborhood when they encountered the man - who was not a suspect - and ordered him to the ground during the search.

The dog's collar later broke and it bit the man on his forearm.

City officials said Monday they've called for tighter restrictions on when K-9s can be deployed and an external audit into the unit.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter says the incident is "very disturbing," following two other high-profile police dog bites of bystanders.

A police officer's body camera captured the incident, but it's not known when the video will be released.