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VERNAL, Utah — A man in violation of a protection order flees police, is tazed, and later apprehended by K-9. 

Police say an officer also sustained minor injuries, was treated at an area hospital, and released.

On August 14, 2020, Vernal Police Department officers were dispatched to a home for an unknown problem. Upon arrival, officers were informed that a court order of protection had been violated by 48-year-old John Renwick, who had fled the scene.

Police say they were able to locate Renwick but, as they approached, he again fled on foot.

"After a short foot pursuit Renwick made aggressive actions at the officer and a taser device was deployed," stated the department.

"A physical struggle ensued between Renwick and the officer while the officer was attempting to place Renwick under arrest, and Renwick again fled from the scene."

Police say a K9 was then deployed and apprehended Renwick without further incident.

Renwick and an officer sustained injuries during the incident, stated the department. Renwick was flown to a Wasatch Front hospital due to the injuries he sustained. His condition was unknown at the time of press.

The officer was treated at the hospital and released.

Renwick faces charges for, violation of a protective order, assault on a police officer, attempted disarming of a police officer, and failure to stop at the command of law enforcement.

The Vernal Police Department stated this case remains under investigation.