SYRACUSE — An officer responding to assist another police agency reporting shots fired, resulted in the death of a pit bull and an arrest of a man on warrants and new charges.
Eric Lee Spindler, 43, with addresses of 1067 Miami Trail, Bremen, and 11153 N. Ideal Beach Drive, Syracuse, was arrested on numerous charges Tuesday, July 9, by Syracuse Police and the Marshall County Drug Task Force.
Syracuse Police Chief Jim Layne reports at 10:27 a.m. Syracuse Police were asked to assist the Marshall County DTF in serving an arrest warrant out of that county at 11153 N. Ideal Beach Drive, Syracuse. Spindler, the suspect, fled out the front door of the residence and released a pit bull out of the residence.
The dog charged a Marshall County DTF officer and was shot and killed.
Spindler was apprehended and placed under arrest for the active warrants, in addition to charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and resisting law enforcement. He was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail and held on $5,250 surety and cash bond.
The warrants out of Marshall County were for two counts of failure to appear in two cases, after failing to appear for a plea hearing May 3, 2017. In one case, Spindler was charged with unlawful possession of a syringe, a level 6 felony; driving while suspended, class A misdemeanor; possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, class A misdemeanor. The second failure to appear warrant was for charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, both class A misdemeanors; and public intoxication, a class B misdemeanor.
Spindler was transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital for treatment of scrapes and abrasions by Turkey Creek Fire Territory paramedics before being transported to the county jail.