In Middle of Testimony, Williams Pleads Guilty to Assaulting K9 Officer


Shelby Williams allegedly tried to choke a Bridgeport police K-9 officer Santos, bashing the dog’s head on a rock. He was charged with two counts of domestic violence, one count of burglary and one count of violating a protection order. Less than a day into his trial, Williams has pleaded guilty to two of those charges– felony assault on a police dog and violating a protection order.

On Nov. 5 2014, Bridgeport police arrive to a disgusting scene.

“They see a toilet with Jessica’s clothing in it. Urine in the toilet, where Mr. Williams threw her clothing,” said Asst. Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan.

Then Dec. 29th, officers respond to another domestic at the Lansing Gardens Apartments– even though there’s still a warrant out for Williams. Police say Williams broke in, smashed the door handle, slapped his girlfriend and then took off. 

It’s then that officers say they followed Williams, joined by Santos, catch up, and yell to Williams to stop, but he refuses. 

“Mr Williams grabbed the dog around the neck, started choking the dog,” Flanagan said. “They see the dog, arm around the dog, neck being choked, head being slammed into a rock.”

Only at the Highway Patrol trooper’s gunpoint does Williams finally release the dog.

A vet attends to Santos the K-9, who recovers.

The emergency room attends Williams, who has a bite mark on his arm, who also eventually recovers.

Williams goes to jail, ordered not to contact his girlfriend, but he does. He calls her from jail, almost 70 times.

The defense says the girlfriend often changes her stance.

“Jessica when angry says bad things about Shelby. Jessica when not angry says poor Shelby, why are you picking on him,” said Williams attorney Dennis McNamara. “He never did a thing.”

She writes to the prosecutor, asking him to drop the charges. He doesn’t.

In the middle of testimony Thursday, Williams suddenly pleaded guilty and sentenced to nine months in prison.

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