Monday, May 1, 2017

New Jersey: Trenton police officer shoots attacking pit bull, cops say

NEW JERSEY -- A Trenton police officer shot and wounded a dog that authorities say attacked a police K-9 early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred as a city K-9 officer and dog were headed back to their vehicle after an assignment around 4:30 a.m. on the 400 block of West State Street, said Capt. Donald Fillinger, a department spokesman.

Fillinger said a large pit bull squeezed under the fence of a nearby house and attacked the police dog. The K-9 officer, who was not identified, fired one shot into the pit bull, Fillinger said.

The pit bull was taken to Langhorne Veterinary Hospital in Langhorne, Pa., he said.

The police K-9 was treated for a bleeding paw, he said.

The officer and his dog initially had been called to the area to help track a suspect who fled from a stolen car, Fillinger said.

He said that at 4:26 a.m., officers came upon the suspects in a stolen car at Eisenhower and Coolidge avenues. The car sped off and hit a traffic pole at West State and Prospect streets, he said. After the two suspects ran from the car, the driver was apprehended but the passenger ran off, Fillinger said.

The police K-9 was used to try to find the passenger, but officers could not locate him Sunday morning, Fillinger said.

( - ‎Apr 30, 2017‎)

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