Police officer shoots, wounds dog after attack

This video capture shows an East Haven police officer firing his gun at a dog that attacked him, Oct. 7, 2014.

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It was on Coe Avenue in East Haven where the officer spotted a dog just standing on the sidewalk in the middle of the night. As he slowly approaches the dog it lunges at him and the officer opens fire.

The owner tells News 8 she had let another dog out the back door of the house to go to the bathroom when Tucker ran out as well.

“Then seconds later pop pop. I was just amazed how quick,” says the dog’s owner who did not want to be identified .

In this still image from a police body camera, a dog stands silently in front of an East Haven police officer, Oct. 7, 2014. Seconds later the dog attacks, and the officer opens fire.
In this still image from a police body camera, a dog stands silently in front of an East Haven police officer, Oct. 7, 2014. Seconds later the dog attacks, and the officer opens fire.

News 8 talked with her outside the East Haven police department where officers showed us the video all caught on the officer’s body armor camera at 2:45 Tuesday morning. You can see the officer approach the dog asking him where he comes from. The dog turns away and then lunges at the officer who fires.

Lt. Dave Emerman the spokesperson for East Haven Police says, “he didn’t do anything to provoke the dog whatsoever. He walked up to him and he kept the distance from himself and his dog but unfortunately the dog still attacked him.”

The owner asks, “why didn’t he tase him instead of shooting him?”

Tucker
Tucker

We showed the owner the video of the attack involving Tucker, she says is a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Labrador Retriever mix not a pit bull mix. She was surprised saying, “that is not typical behavior of Tucker. I’ve never never seen anything like that before.”

Fortunately the officer was not injured and Tucker appears to be recovering from the single gunshot wound. The owner says, “doctor tells me came within about a quarter inch of his heart but did not hit his heart.” The bullet didn’t hit his lungs either but came close enough to cause them trauma.

In this still image from a police body camera, a dog runs away after it's shot by an East Haven police officer, Oct. 7, 2014.
In this still image from a police body camera, a dog runs away after it’s shot by an East Haven police officer, Oct. 7, 2014.

Kimberley MacDonald, a veterinarian at Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine in North Haven, says, “he’s got bruising in his lungs. He’s got, excuse me, inappropriate air trapped around his lungs but he’s very stable he’s doing very fine.”

Despite the alleged attack there is no word East Haven police plan to quarantine the dog. In fact the town is footing the bill. Folks at Central Hospital tell News8 the town has authorized $800 for the dog’s care and right now there’s still money left if he needs further treatment.

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