Investigation reveals LA cop who shot dog was being attacked

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LOS ANGELES, CA – On December 13, 2021, at approximately 4:53 p.m., Seventy-Seventh Street, Gang Enforcement Detail (GED) officers were conducting a search with Metropolitan Division K9 officers for a man with a gun. During the search of the backyard located at 1128 West 65th Street, a dog attacked the K9 officer’s dog.

The K9 officer unholstered and discharged his TASER, which made contact with the dog causing the dog to yelp. The dog turned, ran toward the K9 officer and lunged at him with his mouth open to bite the K9 officer. Simultaneously, the K9 officer pointed his unholstered duty weapon downward toward the attacking dog and fired one round. The attacking dog continued to yelp and ran away from officers toward the east side of the residence. The dog sustained what appeared to be a non-life-threatening wound to his left paw. Due to the nature of the injury to the dog, the owners declined treatment and stated they would seek medical treatment for their dog the following day if needed.

A Metropolitan Division K9 supervisor was at scene and took a Public Safety Statement from the involved officer. The area of the Animal Shooting was secured.

Force Investigation Division was notified and assumed investigative responsibility of the incident. No officers or civilians were injured by the gunfire during this incident.