Tulsa police say theft suspect commanded dog to attack gas station security guard

Tulsa police say theft suspect commanded dog to attack gas station security guard. Police eventually caught Joe Sparks. Sparks was transported to the City jail. The dog was not injured and was taken to Tulsa Animal Welfare.
  • Tulsa police say that a dog of a theft suspect nearly attacked a security guard.
  • It happened just after 7pm on Saturday at the 11th and Utica QuikTrip.
  • TPD officers say that the security guard attempted to apprehend theft suspect Joe Sparks.
  • Police say it was then that Sparks commanded his dog to go after the security guard.
  • According to police, the security guard feared and attack was imminent and fired one shot toward to dog.
  • It was then that Sparks and his dog left the scene, but police later located them nearby.
  • Officers reviewed the surveillance video, which they say showed the theft and attempted dog.
  • Sparks was arrested on complaints of petit larceny, public intoxication, dog off leash and outstanding multiple warrants.
  • Police transported Sparks to the City jail.
  • The dog was not injured and was taken to Tulsa Animal Welfare shelter.
  • DOWNLOAD the FOX23 News app for updates sent to your phone.