ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Three men face numerous charges after a brawl at an Atlantic City club left two police officers and a police dog injured.

Authorities say the brawl started around 4:15 a.m. Sunday after a 40/40 Club patron refused a security screening and then assaulted a security officer. Police Officer Michael Francisco, who was working at the club while off-duty, tried to help subdue the man, but the patron sprayed him with a chemical substance.

Several fights then broke out near the club as other police officers arrived.

Two men soon started fighting with Officer Brent Dooley, who was hit in the head by a liquor bottle. One of the men also choked a police dog who tried to subdue him.

Both officers and the police dog are expected to fully recover.

The 40/40 club is owned by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z.

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