Officer Michael Yount saw three men matching the description of burglary suspects in the area of Stamper and McGougan roads, and they began beating him, police said. Yount went to his patrol car and tried to release his K-9, Tricky, but the three men continued to beat on him and kicked and punched the dog, police said.
Yount eventually fired a shot and struck one of the men in the leg, police said.
Brothers Danny Corey Williams, 19, and Tremayne Quartez Williams, 21, both of 2103 Woodbine Ave., were each charged with assault on a government official, injury to personal property and assault on a police K-9. Attempted breaking and entering charges are pending against the pair, as well as against an unidentified 15-year-old.
Danny Williams was treated at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for a gunshot wound to his leg and released.
Yount and Tricky also were treated for their injuries, police said.
Yount was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of a State Bureau of Investigation review of the shooting.