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Posted at 10:39 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Dogs shot at after police pursuit in Md.

By Clarence Williams

Update, 10:35 p.m.:

Montgomery Police officials said one of their officers and a Baltimore County police officer shot and wounded two dogs in Germantown as they pursued a suspect Thursday night.

Montgomery County police joined Baltimore County officers who had crossed into Montgomery while following a vehicle near the 11500 block of Middlebrook Road about 7:15 p.m., said Lucille Baur, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman. Baur said the vehicle apparently was occupied by a man and a woman who had fled a previous traffic stop.

Police pursued the vehicle before it stopped on Steeple Road near High Stream Drive, where the couple tried to flee, Baur said. The man surrendered to police, but the woman fled toward a residence.

A person inside the residence opened the front door and let out two dogs, who ran toward the officers, Baur said. One officer from each county fired and wounded the animals.

Neither dog died during from the shooting, Baur said. No people were injured in the incident.

The man and the woman were taken into custody, but police did not release any information about charges. Police declined to specifiy which person was wanted on a warrant, but they said it was a warrant for a felony charge, Baur said.

By Clarence Williams  | January 6, 2011; 10:39 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Comments

The nearly universal police response in any kind of encounter with a dog is to shoot it. Dogs suffer this fate even when they try to run from police.

This is an area where police need training to acquire skills to come up to the level of most other Americans. Most of us can deal with dogs without shooting or otherwise harming them.

Posted by: esch | January 6, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Were they Black dogs? Lol!!!! Did they come from PG county? Lol!!!! You know how heathenistic those PG county dogs get! LMAO!!!

Posted by: jbworldwide | January 6, 2011 10:04 PM | Report abuse

What kind of people attempt to evade police for a minor traffic violation and then upon nearing their house send their girlfriend to open the door to allow 2 pitbulls to come running out to attack the police!!

What is wrong with these people?

UFB!

Posted by: Jaymand | January 6, 2011 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Montgomery County: Police shoot at dogs the owners used to attack them.

Prince Georges County: Police invade house and shoot dogs dead that were running away from them because UPS delivered weed to the house.

Posted by: buckdharma | January 7, 2011 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Loose the hounds! ... Well that didn't work out very good.

Posted by: Nymous | January 7, 2011 3:04 AM | Report abuse

criminals will use anything to escape from being captured. most scumbag dealers have attack dogs.

Posted by: pofinpa | January 7, 2011 4:47 AM | Report abuse

Dogs will do whatever they are trained to do by the owners.

When a dog is running towards a police officer,the officer has every right to shoot, but the officers should have killed, not wounded the dogs.

As avid dog lover, I would have preferred the officers shot the fleeing suspect, and the people who sic'd the dogs on them to buy some time to provide safe haven to the suspect, but the law doesn't agree with my sense of justice.

This is Montgomery County - neighbor to DC and PG County - expect to see and hear more of this as the year unfolds.

Posted by: asmith1 | January 7, 2011 5:47 AM | Report abuse

Dogs will do whatever they are trained to do by the owners.

When a dog is running towards a police officer,the officer has every right to shoot, but the officers should have killed, not wounded the dogs.

As avid dog lover, I would have preferred the officers shot the fleeing suspect, and the people who sic'd the dogs on them to buy some time to provide safe haven to the suspect, but the law doesn't agree with my sense of justice.

This is Montgomery County - neighbor to DC and PG County - expect to see and hear more of this as the year unfolds.

Posted by: asmith1 | January 7, 2011 5:47 AM | Report abuse

Release the hounds, Smithers.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | January 7, 2011 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Police officers need to be trained NOT TO SHOOT NOR KILL DOGS! Dogs are usually innocent bystanders, and may approach the officers to greet them. Government officials must act to protect dogs not to be killed by a happy trigger, or by a stressed out police officer. Most police officers in Montgomery County are dog friendly which is very much appreciated.

Posted by: mtroillard | January 7, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey esch, or is it Dr. Doolittle. Im sure you could handle two angry dogs that were just given a command to kill. Good luck, you'll need it!

Posted by: mj942 | January 7, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

All of the stupid wannabe tough guys have pit bulls. Trying to be all hard & macho. Puh-leeeeze.

We need to put some folks who criticize the cops non-stop in a police cruiser for a year on the night shift.

YOU can drive around PG County & SE DC. YOU can deal with the crazies, junkies, hookers, drug dealers, gang members, hoodlums, murderers, rapists, etc. God knows what else.

We'll see how perfect you are in handling every situation from A-Z.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 7, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

hey jbworldwide, you're the only one lol in your trailer park... smoking meth and looking for infants to rape and kill you white dog!!... r u lol, now???

Posted by: 0126 | January 7, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

hey jbworldwide, you're the only one lol in your trailer park... smoking meth and looking for infants to rape and kill, you pathetic herion junkie- take that - you white dog!!... r u lol, now???

Posted by: 0126 | January 7, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

esch,
How about people just not releasing dogs toward police officers in the first place?
See...isn't that a simple resolution to this?

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | January 7, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

for the love of god people...they are dogs..who ran out of a residence towards officers who had apparently spent ample time and energy attempting to apprehend a felon. What exactly would you expect in such a situation? get with reality, the officers acted justly. Dogs should not be afforded the same rights as humans, period. And yes, have a dog.

Posted by: lang77 | January 7, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, I guess most people posting have a lot more information than this article gives. It says the woman ran towards a residence, not her residence, just a residence, and the owner let two dogs out. Out the front door? Out the back door? People seem to think they were attack dogs, but where is the evidence? Because the Police shot them, so they must have been going to attacking them? There is no proof of that. While I don't believe dogs should be afforded the same rights as people, I do wonder the circumstances in which these dogs were shot. I mean, if the dogs were let loose to attack the Police, why doesn't this article mention that the home owner was arrested for assaulting an officer? It seems that people really read a lot into this article, natural bias and stereotyping is very evident. I hope the dogs weren't let out to attack the Police, I'm glad the dogs weren't killed, but I wonder what actually happened, as this article does not give the details to explain what happened when the woman fled from the Police.

Posted by: mej8h | January 7, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, I guess most people posting have a lot more information than this article gives. It says the woman ran towards a residence, not her residence, just a residence, and the owner let two dogs out. Out the front door? Out the back door? People seem to think they were attack dogs, but where is the evidence? Because the Police shot them, so they must have been going to attacking them? There is no proof of that. While I don't believe dogs should be afforded the same rights as people, I do wonder the circumstances in which these dogs were shot. I mean, if the dogs were let loose to attack the Police, why doesn't this article mention that the home owner was arrested for assaulting an officer? It seems that people really read a lot into this article, natural bias and stereotyping is very evident. I hope the dogs weren't let out to attack the Police, I'm glad the dogs weren't killed, but I wonder what actually happened, as this article does not give the details to explain what happened when the woman fled from the Police.

Posted by: mej8h | January 7, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Ok, why would the woman run to a strange residence, presumably someone she didnt know, while being chased by police? Did she expect the homeowner to let her, a total stranger being chased by police, into his or her home? Ummm not likely. I suspect she knew the homeowner, which is why she chose that residence to run to. Why else would a homeowner open their door and let out two dogs into a situation where police are chasing someone? I own two dogs and trust me I would never open my door to let them out with something like that going on outside, it is ridiculous. Had the homeowner not known this woman, the logical action would have been to look out the window to see what the hell was going on, and upon seeing multiple police officers chasing this woman I dare say her first thought wouldnt have been, "Gee maybe I should let my dogs out to join in the mayhem, maybe something good will come of it"....My guess is the skank on the run had called this home on the cell told them they were on the way and that is why the woman is opening the door before the felon even gets there to ring/knock on the door.

Posted by: opticlguy | January 7, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Shoot the people who set the dogs loose.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 7, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey Maryland, come on over to the 21st century. It's a lot of fun where lead projectiles are beyond passe. Cap'n Zappy's TASER prescription for the participants in this kerfuffle: 50,000 volts for the dogs and the cops, 4.8 million volts for the 'owners'/fugitives. Save a tree and yourselves from excess paperwork. :)

Posted by: jbksss | January 7, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Anyone suggesting the officers should have waited because the dogs may have been coming up to greet them has never seen a dog bite a person. By the time you give them an opportunity to greet you, they could easily be attached to your arm attempting to bite their way through it. Then what? Shoot a dog off your arm?

A person drove down from Baltimore County to upper Montgomery County. A person with a felony arrest warrant. One of those people go running towards a house where two dogs (didn't see anything about which breed) come running out towards the officers. The dogs didn't stop to greet this person (my dogs would have been wrapped around my legs) but went straight towards the officers. They had every right to shoot.

mtroillard, officers do NOT need to be train to not shoot dogs just because they're dogs. Yes, most dogs are whatever their people trained them to be and therefore can be looked at as victims themselves, but a dog biting people is a danger to the community. When is it ok to shoot a dog? Not when it's coming towards a full grown adult? How about when it's going after a 3 year old? As a dog person myself, I don't want to see dogs shot, but it is just a dog.

Let's take a look at it another way for anyone who doesn't think this is justified. Replace the word dog with man with a knife. 21 feet or closer and an officer is taught to shot. Bullet proof vests do not withstand a knife because they're not slash proof. Murders are committed by stabbing daily. So now dog is man with a knife. Both present an immediate danger to the officers and the community. Shooting justified.

Posted by: waterdemon | January 7, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

It happened in germantown... not surprised... I am one who grew up in the Gaith/Germantown area throughout the 80-90's.... police did the right thing and most importantly, they wounded the dogs, not killed them.

Posted by: rvanags | January 7, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The prefered solution would be to shoot the vermin that are fleeing from the police. If they knew that they would get shot they would be less likely to flee. It would not be a 100% deterent, but I don't know why cops are expected to risk their lives because some lowlife animal is running from the law. If they don't want to get shot, it's simple - DON'T RUN.

And, as much as I love dogs (I have three, all rescue dogs), I agree that any big dog running at an officer should be shot. I am sick of the public who never faced anything more dangerous than a stink bug second guessing cops who are risking their lives to protect and ungrateful public (and no I am not nor have ever been a cop). They have to make split second decisions and the fact is that sometimes they will make mistakes. That's life.

Posted by: xconservative | January 7, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Why do you ask, Two Dogs?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 7, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The police can do anything they want. If you don't believe that, read the Patriot Act.

Posted by: American19 | January 7, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

BZ to the cops. As a taxpayer I'd rather the police shot the dogs vice collect service connected medical coverage or disability retirement from duty connected dog bites. Informed citizen keep you pets under control when cop with gun is in the area.

Posted by: snake_taylor | January 7, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

esch - You try to negotiate with two dogs attacking you, you moron!

Posted by: madmike272 | January 7, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

It would help to know a) what breed of dogs they were and b) who owned them. From the information provided in this article, it's entirely plausible that the cops shot two harmless poodles that thought they were protecting their own front yard. I'd give the cops the benefit of the doubt that they don't shoot harmless animals, but try telling that to the people of Berwyn.

Posted by: simpleton1 | January 7, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Perp used dogs as weapons. They should have been shot. And, being pit bulls makes an even stronger case. ALL pit bulls should be shot.

Posted by: Trout1 | January 7, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Release the hounds, Smithers.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | January 7, 2011 8:28 AM | Report abuse

-------------------------------------------
LMFAO

Posted by: DCFanatic | January 7, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Did the lady run in the house first then someone sent out the dogs?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | January 7, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The police are pigs. I hate them. Always picking on the local boys in my hood for no reason whatsoever. If there were no police things would be better. Did I say I hate them?

HUG A THUG TODAY

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 7, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm amazed by the sheer dumbness of some of the comments posted in this thread.

1. The posters who are ranting about pit bulls, for example, must be reading another article, because the breed of the dogs isn't identified.

2. The police officers in question sound as if they either are poorly trained or have really bad judgement. You can disable even a large angry dog quickly and easily with a baton strike or a squirt of pepper spray, or even a hard kick to the ribs. When you fire a handgun, there's a chance that you could miss, or that the bullet could pass through the dog and hit a bystander. And shooting to wound is contrary to most departments' SOP, for good reason. A person or animal can die from a wound to the thigh as well as the head. Otherwise, the late great Redskin player Sean Taylor would still be alive.

3. The poster who called for police to shoot at fleeing suspects is an idiot. A 1985 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Tennessee. vs. Garner, permits officers to use deadly force to stop a fleeing suspect only if they believe that suspect poses a significant threat to the lives of the officers or to civilians. Again, every time you shoot at someone, there's a chance that you're going to hit a bystander instead.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | January 7, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

For cops in pursuit of a suspect, a charge by dogs present unique dangers. First, the dogs themselves can cause injury to the officers. Second, the dogs can prevent the police officer from focusing on the suspects who can injure or kill the officer while he/she is fending off the dog attack; third, the dogs can prevent the officers from apprehending suspects who are themselves dangers to the public. I am not a fan of shooting dogs needlessly but I am am first and foremost and advocate for the safety of the officers and the public. If the cops shoot a dog, I am going to start with a presumption that they had a real need to do so (at least in Montgomery County as opposed, to say, New Orleans or PG).

Posted by: MdLaw | January 7, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Dogs rushes cop. Cop shoots dog. Dog rushes me. I have no gun. I get bit, unless I have gun and dog loses.

Posted by: maus92 | January 7, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

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