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The officer is then seen reaching for her gun and firing a fatal shot at the white dog’s head, which police believe was a pit bull.
“Her partner was being attacked and we demand that our officers protect not only themselves but their partners and citizens,” Detroit Police Commander Darin Szilagyi told the Detroit Free Press last Friday. “At this point it was a clear and present danger; her dog was being viciously harmed. It’s unfortunate it came to this, we don’t like to see any animal hurt.”
Szilagyi noted that the home’s fence was up to city code as it was situated on the border of the front yard and the sidewalk.
Szilagyi said the dog was being aggressive and had the situation involved a child or senior citizen, the narrative of this incident would be entirely different.
The officers were in the area searching for an apprehended suspect’s weapon that they believed had been tossed into a yard while he was on the run from police, Szilagyi said.
The officer with the K-9 had told the homeowner to secure the dog, but the dog escaped the owner’s hold and attacked the K-9 officer through the fence, police said.