Police say one of the men tried to escape by using an attack dog

Dover police have arrested two men during a firearms and drug investigation in the city

Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said officers were forced to euthanize a large, aggressive dog after one of the suspects, identified as Khalil Seward, 19, tried to sic the animal on them.

Hoffman said at 6:05 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, Dover officers, along with Delaware State Police troopers and officials from the state’s probation and parole office, went to a home in the 100 block of Alonzo Drive to serve a search warrant as part of the investigation.

Police found three 9mm handguns, ammunition and 20.3 grams of marijuana, Hoffman said.

Seward allegedly tried to avoid arrest by having the dog attack officers, forcing them to dispatch the animal.

He is charged with illegal gang participation, five counts of possession of firearm/ammunition by a person prohibited, use of an animal to avoid capture, resisting arrest, and possession of marijuana.

He was ordered held on a $44,500 cash bond and his bail was revoked.

The second man, identified as Equan Barber, 22, is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and resisting arrest with force.

Bond information on him was not provided.