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Posted at 9:03 PM ET, 02/15/2011

D.C. officer shoots, wounds dog

By Clarence Williams


A D.C. police officer shot and wounded a dog Tuesday afternoon in Northwest Washington, officials said.

An officer responded to a call of an accident in the 4500 block of Foxhall Crescent about 12:30 p.m., officials said in a statement. An unleashed dog then came at the officer and another person "in an aggressive manner," police said.

The officer then fired his service weapon and wounded the dog, police said. The dog was treated at  a local animal hospital.

Police did not identify the officer. The department’s Force Investigations Branch is investigating the shooting.

By Clarence Williams  | February 15, 2011; 9:03 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Comments

Another big, bad cop.

Posted by: mbrumble | February 16, 2011 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Uh-oh. This one may be trouble. It's not a drug dealer's pitbull over in Landover. Folks in Foxhall have money and influence and know how to use them.

Posted by: ahs78graduate | February 16, 2011 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Funny how the article didn't mention the breed. Isn't the dog a labrador? They're pretty ferocious. (snickering lightly)

Posted by: blackforestcherry | February 16, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Shih-Tzu

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | February 16, 2011 8:26 AM | Report abuse

I don't care what area of DC it is if an unleashed dog is running toward an officer or anybody else, I think they have the right to do what is necessary to not be attacked or bitten.

Posted by: bettycoleman2 | February 16, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

This is a wonderful, friendly, loving dog -- I know the dog personally. The cop acted out of control in a situation where the owner was actually calling the dog back and told the cop not to shoot. The cop needs to be punished, and there ought to be more training on how police officers should react to dogs.

Posted by: 631boston | February 16, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

This is a wonderful, friendly, loving dog -- I know the dog personally. The cop acted out of control in a situation where the owner was actually calling the dog back and told the cop not to shoot. The cop needs to be punished, and there ought to be more training on how police officers should react to dogs.

Posted by: 631boston | February 16, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Hey Boston 631? Someone needs to train you not to open your mouth because you sound like an idiot! Police Officers have to make split second decisions that could affect them or the citizens they are sworn to protect. Until you strap on a gun and pin on a badge and walk in that Officer’s shoes… SHUT THE HELL UP!

Posted by: craftoman | February 16, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

The dog should have been leashed. Blame lies with the dog owner, not the cop.

Posted by: cpettyjohn | February 16, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

People always say that, my dog won't bite, 1st the dog should have been on a leash (owner breaking the law), 2nd if the owner was calling the dog back (dog disobeying the owner) why was the dog approaching the police officer, why didn't the dog go back to the owner. The police officer had every right to shoot the do coming toward him. Period end of story.

Posted by: justmyopinion49 | February 16, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

People always say that, my dog won't bite, 1st the dog should have been on a leash (owner breaking the law), 2nd if the owner was calling the dog back (dog disobeying the owner) why was the dog approaching the police officer, why didn't the dog go back to the owner. The police officer had every right to shoot the dog coming toward him. Period end of story.

Posted by: justmyopinion49 | February 16, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I live in the burbs and love my 2 year old 90lb, solid muscled, English Lab to pieces. He is fun loving and considered to be a "pup". He has the run of our 3.5 acres so we don't always keep him on a leash. There are occasions though when we have delivery people or service workers on the property so I keep him inside.

When my dog sees someone new he becomes overly excited (something we are working on) and his immediate reaction is to run straight for that person. He even ran off our property once to "greet" a neighbors' worker. The poor guy was so frightened he ran for and jumped in his truck. Unfortunately, most people he is running towards do not understand his intent is to smell and lick them to death.

I would be very upset if someone shot my dog, but I also know it is my responsibility to keep him under control so in this situation with the police officer I can imagine the fear he felt and would probably have shot too. And as far as the person who posted that her friend yelled to the police officer not to shoot because the dog was friendly, well a lot of people say their dogs are friendly and sometimes they are mistaken.

I do hope the dog is okay and the police officer is not punished for doing his job.

Posted by: gladiatorgal | February 16, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Hey Boston 631? Someone needs to train you not to open your mouth because you sound like an idiot! Police Officers have to make split second decisions that could affect them or the citizens they are sworn to protect. Until you strap on a gun and pin on a badge and walk in that Officer’s shoes… SHUT THE HELL UP!

Posted by: craftoman
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Please tell me you're not a police officer or allowed to carry any type of weapon.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | February 16, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

The article did mention that he wounded the dog. There was also a comment about the owner calling the dog. Obviously the dog did not listen so it was shot. LOOK, so of you people love animals more than humans and that's your right, but everyone doesn't have the feeling for animals. It truly gets me when people don't want others wants forced on them, but when it comes to animals, they never seem to realize that their forcing their feelings onto someone else. For some of us it just an animal. And believe it or not that what it is. To me i'm more concerned with my family, friends and humans humanity towards man. Not an animal.

Posted by: bobby31 | February 16, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

So Sad, I feel my dogs pain more than my own. Hope he'll be alright.

I always, always keep my dog on a leash !! I know even the slightest thing can trigger an 'uncontrollable' response. I see so many with their dogs on busy streets without a leash. One young owner innocently told me how she had lost another unleashed puppy when it was run over by a car on 16th St ?? I shuttered. We should Speak Up

Posted by: LeastOfThese | February 16, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Maybe it was the dogs car the was in the accident and was a little upset when it charged at the officer.

Dog rage!

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | February 16, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

My dog is better behaved than most people...including cops!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | February 16, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Our cocker spaniel would find biting anyone too much effort. Now licking them and rolling over on her back for attention is a whole nother matter...she'd have plenty of energy for that.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | February 16, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Cops, as a whole are idiots and power hungry bullies. The trend of cops getting shot is on the rise, I hope this trend continues.

Posted by: DCFanatic | February 16, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to pepper spray and mace?

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 16, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

F the police. Another trigger happy cop who either enjoyed this or is afraid of dogs. Lame.

Posted by: jgale2 | February 16, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Im a multimillionare who lives in Foxhall and I have two beautiful Pitbulls. Not all drug dealers or thugs own such a wonderful misunderstood animal...Then again DC cops will shoot anything that moves, my dogs and my right to bare arms protects me.

Posted by: HoldinCaul | February 16, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Im a multimillionare who lives in Foxhall and I have two beautiful Pitbulls. Not all drug dealers or thugs own such a wonderful misunderstood animal...Then again DC cops will shoot anything that moves, my dogs and my right to bare arms protects me. And if sombody shot my dog, I'll probley shoot them!

Posted by: HoldinCaul | February 16, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Uh craftoman, this is a public comments forum, so, no, you can't tell anyone to shut the hell up. You're not a cop, are you? Cops are some of the most screwed up people around. Trigger happy and power hungry. This story is just another example.

Posted by: Marylander4 | February 16, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

mbrumble - what an assinine posting! You have made us all dumber by reading it! Go back under your rock, little boy!

Posted by: PZ007 | February 16, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

DCFanatic - You are obviously in need of mental treatment on top of being an idiot!

holdinCaul - A very quick day to die yourself!

Posted by: PZ007 | February 16, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

PZ007 - I totally agree with you!!

DCFanatic - you are indeed an idiot.

HoldinCaul - not only are you a multimillionare, you're crazy too!!

Posted by: bettycoleman2 | February 16, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

You ever been bitten by a dog? Really bitten. Not a love bit. It ain't fun.

Quit coming down on the cops for every little thing they do, you knuckleheads. Get your fat butt out there in a uniform & see how perfect you are.

I love all of the wannabe tough guys/thugs with their pit bulls. Looking all macho & bad.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 16, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

DCFanatic - You are obviously in need of mental treatment on top of being an idiot!

holdinCaul - A very quick day to die yourself!

Posted by: PZ007 | February 16, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

PZ007 - I totally agree with you!!

DCFanatic - you are indeed an idiot.

HoldinCaul - not only are you a multimillionare, you're crazy too!!

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hahahahahahahahahahaha- that was easy. YOU CAN BOTH GO EFFFFFFF YOURSELVES!!!!

Posted by: DCFanatic | February 16, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Punks who turn dogs into monsters need to have their testicles barbecued.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 16, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

DCFanatic,
Yes, by all means, cheer the criminal element on you walking, talking and now typing argument for birth control.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | February 16, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, so a cop shoots the family watchdog and dog haters everywhere secretly cheer.

Hey, craftoman, you should ease up on the testosterone supplements there, son. Sounds like you've got a touch of 'roid rage going on.

These cops really should try hanging out with the cool K-9 service dogs and their handlers and start dealing with their cynophobia issues.


"Fear of Dogs"
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http://www.baltimoredogmag.com/content/view/35/57/

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 16, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

cops are so stupid

Posted by: johng1 | February 16, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that ANY dog that walks toward a police officer is dangerous but police releasing police dogs upon criminals is not consider to be using a dangerous weapon?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 16, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Guys. Here's what really happened. The owner's daughter goes to my school and she told me the whole story.

The dog was loose in the yard. It was running up to the police man. It was NOT aggressive! He is a incredibly sweet dog. He shot him and the dog went into surgery this morning. He's recovering right now. They're going to sue. The dog was a chocolate lab. Not a pittbull or shitzhu.

The officer had no right to shoot the dog. He was not aggressive. He is one of the sweetest dogs I know.

Posted by: pony4mollie | February 16, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Guys. Here's what really happened. The owner's daughter goes to my school and she told me the whole story.

The dog was loose in the yard. It was running up to the police man. It was NOT aggressive! He is a incredibly sweet dog. He shot him and the dog went into surgery this morning. He's recovering right now. They're going to sue. The dog was a chocolate lab. Not a pittbull or shitzhu.

The officer had no right to shoot the dog. He was not aggressive. He is one of the sweetest dogs I know.

Posted by: pony4mollie | February 16, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Guys. Here's what really happened. The owner's daughter goes to my school and she told me the whole story.

The dog was loose in the yard. It was running up to the police man. It was NOT aggressive! He is a incredibly sweet dog. He shot him and the dog went into surgery this morning. He's recovering right now. They're going to sue. The dog was a chocolate lab. Not a pittbull or shitzhu.

The officer had no right to shoot the dog. He was not aggressive. He is one of the sweetest dogs I know.

Posted by: pony4mollie | February 16, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Guys. Here's what really happened. The owner's daughter goes to my school and she told me the whole story.

The dog was loose in the yard. It was running up to the police man. It was NOT aggressive! He is a incredibly sweet dog. He shot him and the dog went into surgery this morning. He's recovering right now. They're going to sue. The dog was a chocolate lab. Not a pittbull or shitzhu.

The officer had no right to shoot the dog. He was not aggressive. He is one of the sweetest dogs I know.

Posted by: pony4mollie | February 16, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Guys. Here's what really happened. The owner's daughter goes to my school and she told me the whole story.

The dog was loose in the yard. It was running up to the police man. It was NOT aggressive! He is a incredibly sweet dog. He shot him and the dog went into surgery this morning. He's recovering right now. They're going to sue. The dog was a chocolate lab. Not a pittbull or shitzhu.

The officer had no right to shoot the dog. He was not aggressive. He is one of the sweetest dogs I know.

Posted by: pony4mollie | February 16, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

What is it with quick-draw cops in the DC area and shooting dogs? Ever heard of spray mace? The mail carriers could give the cops some relevant on-the-job training in how to handle dogs. Somebody needs to give this neanderthal cop a dope-slap with a 2x4 across his thick head! Chief: Complete the investigation, fire the cop, and to hell with the Fraternal Order of police and their hysterical grandstanding!

Posted by: wilpajones | February 16, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree wilpajones! He went WAYYY too far!! The dog was definitively NOT aggressive too!

Posted by: pony4mollie | February 16, 2011 8:31 PM | Report abuse

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