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Flags lowered, suspect arraigned in police dog's death

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former fugitive has been arraigned on charges he fatally stabbed a Pittsburgh police dog while officers tried to arrest him.

Meanwhile, flags in the city flew at half-staff to honor the animal under the orders of the mayor.

Twenty-one-year-old John Lewis Rush was arraigned Friday. He was already being held without bond on a warrant he faced for the charges including a probation violation and failure to register as a sex offender.

Police say Rush fought off an Allegheny County sheriff's deputy who tried to arrest him Tuesday night, about 40 minutes before city police - including the police dog, Rocco - cornered him in a basement.

Police say Rush attacked the dog and his handler with a knife, and injured three other officers in the struggle.

He's in jail and doesn't have an attorney.

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