The police dog that bit a Charleston County sheriff's deputy who was pursuing a suspect didn't do anything wrong, and the deputy is back on light duty, Maj. Jim Brady said Sunday.

Deputy Shawn James was bitten in the leg Sept. 9 while trying to arrest Marquis F. Brown, 20, of Goose Creek after finding a bag of marijuana on him, according to an incident report.

James and Deputy Michael Sharpe were scuffling with Brown when James fell in a ditch on top of the dog and got bitten, Brady said.

"It happens from time to time," Brady said. "Immediately after the dog bit him, he (the dog) realized he had bitten him and released his bite."

There was nothing in the incident that would cause the department to re-evaluate its K-9 training procedures, and the dog continues to serve, he said.

James is expected to return to full duty after his stitches are taken out, Brady said.

The incident happened after a traffic stop at the intersection of Midview Drive and Hardwood Street in Woodside Manor.

Brown was charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and assault while resisting arrest.

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