Pit bull attack on Hall County deputy leads to prison time

(SOURCE: Hall Co Jail)
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) A man who fled Hall County authorities in a bizarre case involving a pit bull is now in prison.

Tristan Bush, 33, was sentenced to 2-3 years in prison for resisting arrest using a deadly weapon, 2-3 years for child abuse, 1-2 years for using a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and 2-3 years for assault on a police officer.

A judge ordered that the sentences for these crimes be served at the same time, but in addition to sentences for other crimes Bush committed in 2013.

According to court records, on April 12, 2019, at around 11 p.m., Bush was riding in a car that was stopped for speeding near an intersection about seven miles west of Grand Island.

The deputy attempted to arrest Bush after discovering that Bush was wanted for several outstanding felony warrants. Bush slid into the driver’s seat of the vehicle and began to drive away.

The deputy “reached into the car in an attempt to stop Bush from driving away and was attacked by a pit bull dog turned onto the deputy by Bush.”

Prior to the dog attacking the Hall County deputy, Bush allegedly threatened deputies at the scene that any attempt to arrest him would result in the dog attacking the deputies.

The dog would not release the deputy and the deputy “was forced to shoot the dog, as he was unable to get free of the dog as the car was driving away, dragging the Hall County deputy,” the deputy was able to get free from the dog after as the car pulled away with a child inside.

There was a brief pursuit, but the pursuit was terminated out of concern for the child inside the car.

Bush was arrested several days later in Pasadena, TX, a suburb of Houston.

Bush began serving the sentences November 1st.