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Fugitive wanted for punching APD K9 captured in Waco

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force says Woody Horsnby IV was recently captured in Waco. (Photo courtesy: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

A man who has been on the run since February after punching a police K9 in Downtown Austin has been captured.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force says Woody Horsnby IV was recently captured in Waco.

Back on Feb. 7, Horsnby, wanted on a previous charge, was seen getting into a vehicle on E. 8th St. and Neches.

Officers pulled over the vehicle at a gas station in the 2100 block of Manor Road, where the APD Met Tac take down team responded.

Police say Hornsby got out of the car and ran east on Manor Road. After he ignored numerous orders to stop, an APD K9 named Murph was released to apprehend him.

According to an arrest warrant, Murph "bit Hornsby in the pelvic area pinning him against a vehicle."

Hornsby then struck Murph in the head with his fist, police say, causing Murph to release the bite.

Hornsby ran off, and another officer deployed his Taser, but the prongs came out. That's when police lost sight of Hornsby.

According to police, Murph's partner observed bloody hair around the dog's left upper eye, where he was struck. Murph was treated for a puncture wound.

In addition to other charges, Hornsby is charged with interference with police service animal, a state jail felony.

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