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Posted at 8:55 AM ET, 06/16/2010

Officer shoots dog in Northwest D.C.

By Mike McPhate
crime

A D.C. police officer shot a dog that attacked him while serving a search warrant at a Northwest Washington home Tuesday night, police said.

Police say the dog – described as pit bull-like – bit the officer during the incident about 9:40 p.m. in the 1300 block of 5th Street NW, a few blocks from the Mount Vernon Square Metro station.

The officer then shot the dog, which ultimately died, said Lt. Nicholas Breul, a police spokesman.

The officer’s condition was not immediately known.

-- Mike McPhate

By Mike McPhate  | June 16, 2010; 8:55 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  crime, washington  
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Comments

A lone police officer serving a search warrant at 9:40 p.m.? What doesn't add up here? A search warrant? Alone?

Posted by: SoCali | June 16, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

A lone police officer serving a search warrant at 9:40 p.m.? What doesn't add up here? A search warrant? Alone?

Posted by: SoCali | June 16, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Does it say he was alone????? I don't see that description. Are you alone?

Posted by: MajorFacemask | June 16, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Here's a few more headlines for this story:

"Things die when they get shot. Duh..."
"Cause and effect still holds true."
"Ink was wasted in pointless article."

Posted by: ASW02 | June 16, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

This article's headline is pretty silly. Of course the dog is dead. Usually when you shoot a dog with a gun that's the outcome. LOL

Posted by: UnknownHenson | June 16, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

This article's headline is pretty silly. Of course the dog is dead. Usually when you shoot a dog with a gun that's the outcome. LOL

Posted by: UnknownHenson | June 16, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope this isn't like the cops that shot the two dogs in Berwyn Heights a while ago.

The cops busted into the wrong house. Killed the two family pets and roughed up the rest of the family before they realized their mistake.

They did say "Sorry 'bout that" though.

Posted by: Davidsonville | June 16, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Is there any confirmation that this dog was actually a "pit bull"? Police officers are not breed experts, and often misidentify dog breeds. Should calling the dog a pit bull even relavent here? Pit bull mixes could just as easily be lab-mixes or boxer mixes. This kind of sensational use of the pit bull label is part of the reason that these dogs get an unnecessarily bad rap.

Posted by: LaurenG1 | June 16, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that before the officers went inside of the house they knew a pitbull was in there, so I say this was cold blooded murder....

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 16, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

According to the story, unlike the PG sheriff's gang, this officer was justified in shooting the dog.
Read the story:
"...shot a dog that attacked him...bit the officer during the incident "

Posted by: blankspace | June 16, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Too many dog owners who can not contain their dogs... Poopin without scoopin. Biting public servants and mauling kids.

Posted by: jercha | June 16, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The dog was pit bull-like? Is there a thesaurus for dog breeds that I can reference here?

Posted by: blackforestcherry | June 16, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

boy that was ruff!

Posted by: djlojak | June 16, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

boy that was ruff!

Posted by: djlojak | June 16, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Posted by: BLKManCommonSense | June 16, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

dog gone

Posted by: kglkgl06 | June 16, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey publicstupid number 1 - What did you expect them to do, NOT serve the search warrant. go attend a PETA demonstration and quit trying to follow the news, it is too complicated for you.

Posted by: madmike272 | June 16, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Police officers usually are into excessive force. I saw the incident in Missouri and it horrified me. They shot a freaking corgi in that "bust." People need to realize that even if you live in the suburbs and are a good citizen, an angry neighbor can tell police lies and get them to bang down your door and make you a victim of these things. Yes, they will shoot your cute terriers too when they come up to cops to say hello.

However, in DC, there is a HUGE problem with idiots and morons and losers who have and breed dogs for fighting and nuisance. DC is full of slobs and losers. I'm sorry for those animals.... no not the ones who end up in jail. The real, four legged ones.

Posted by: FiatBooks | June 16, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

If you saw the tv news story, the police did go to the right address to serve the search warrant. So, this was no case of mistaken identity.

This also was not some cute little corgi. Whatever this pit bull mix was mixed with, the dog weighed at least 100 pounds. The TV news only showed a picture of the dog as a cute little puppy, probably because if they had shown what the dog looked like all grown up, people would have been scared by the picture.

Apparently, the police went to search this lady's house because her grandson may have been dealing drugs out of her house. The lady said on the news report that her grandson couldn't stay at her house because her dog didn't know him. Whether its true or not that her grandson was never in her house, who knows. But if she cannot have family members in her house because of the dog, the dog had to be not only viscious, but uncontrollable. People don't usually have dangerous animals like that in their house unless they have drugs and drug money to protect.

Sad that the animal had to be shot, but the people to blame are those that breed and train these dogs to be killers.

Posted by: tano1 | June 17, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

In the Berwyn Heights case, the two Labradors were shot while trying to RUN AWAY from the police--or in this case, the Sherrif's dept, I believe. And now the Sherrif (Michael A. Jackson), who basically still says his men did "the right thing" in that case, is running for County Executive in Prince George's County. Please vote for Rushern Baker.

Posted by: saracooper | June 17, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

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