Monday, October 20, 2008

Police: Officer who shot woman's dog was attacked

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 5:28 PM

click to enlarge Veruca is expected to survive her gunshot wounds
  • Veruca is expected to survive her gunshot wounds

Last week, a woman's pit bull mix was shot by an Atlanta cop in her back yard. According to a statement from Atlanta Police spokesman Officer Eric Schwartz, the incident is under review.

Schwartz' statement is consistent with dog owner Tracy Dummet's version of events, but adds that the officer was attacked by the dog.

Dummet had run to her front door after she saw an officer racing down the sidewalk in front of her Sylvan Hills home. By the time she opened the door, the officer — who was in pursuit of a suspect — was making his way toward her back yard, which is enclosed by a privacy fence. Dummet heard the officer yell "freeze," then she heard gun shots. She ran to her back door to call her dog, Veruca, who'd been playing outside.

According to Schwartz' statement:

The officers were chasing a suspect on foot and when the suspect jumped a fence, one officer followed in an attempt to stop the fleeing suspect. At this time the officer was attacked by a pit bull and in fear for his safety, fired his city issued weapon, striking the dog. The incident will be reviewed by our office of professional standards as is the policy when an officer discharges their weapon.

Veruca, who was shot an estimated four times, including once in the face, is expected to survive.

When asked if the officer was OK, Schwartz replied, "Yes."

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