Man kicked the K-9 as he tried to flee police in Bear.

A Middletown man is facing half a dozen assault charges, including one for kicking a Delaware State Police K-9.

Carlos E. Garcia-Antonio, 30, of Middletown, was arrested by police in Bear after he pointed a handgun at a 36-year-old male victim in the parking lot of a restaurant in the Fox Run Shopping Center off U.S. Route 40 at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Sunday.

According to a state police press release, as troopers attempted to contact Garcia-Antonio in the parking lot of the restaurant, he fled on foot toward Pulaski Highway.

A state police K-9 was then deployed and was able to knock Garcia-Antonio to the ground. Garcia-Antonio kicked the K-9 and then fled again through the parking lot. The K-9 was able to catch the suspect a second time at which time he was placed under arrest, said police.

Garcia-Antonio was removed from the scene by ambulance personnel and transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. There were no other injuries as a result of this incident. Troopers were able to locate a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun in the shopping center parking lot, according to police.

After his release from the hospital, Carlos Garcia-Antonio was transported to Troop 2 in Glasgow where he was charged with one count each of aggravated menacing, offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, resisting arrest, possession of a firearm while under the Influence of alcohol, and assault of a law enforcement K-9. He was arraigned and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Center for lack of $50,000 cash bail, according to the press release.