Wednesday, May 28, 2008
(05/21/08): Rockford, IL - Rockford police recently shot a pit bull two times at point-blank range -- the animal still lived. At the time, police were attempting to serve a warrant on a man wanted on three counts of domestic battery. Police spotted the man and a pit bull outside a residence. The man dashed inside of the house and the pit bull charged the officer.
The officer shot the dog twice, the second shot stopping the dog in its tracks. Winnebago County Animal Services was called and transported the dog to the Morsay Drive Animal Medical Clinic. "The dog is stable," Animal Services Director Gary Longanecker said this evening. "It’s my understanding the dog is going to survive."
Dispute Over Pit Bull Leads to Oakland Man's Death
(05/22/08): Oakland, CA - An argument over the ownership of a pit bull named "Killer" (a name that crops up frequently) left a man fatally shot and a 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder. Robert W. Tibbs, 41, was killed in the incident. Sgt. Caesar Basa said, "There are at least 100 ways this could have been stopped and not resulted in violence."
The dog had been in the man's apartment for several weeks but the youth insisted it was still his. The teen went to the apartment Wednesday night to get the dog and got into a physical altercation with Tibbs before reportedly shooting him. Tibbs died later in Highland Hospital. The dog, which was at the apartment, was not hurt. After the teen was arrested, he admitted some remorse.
Normal Officer Shoots Fatally Shoots Pit Bull
(05/23/08): NORMAL, IL - In a town named Normal, a police officer fatally shot a 63-pound male pit bull that charged at him and a woman. The incident began when the dog initially got far enough under a chain-link fence to bite the shoe of a woman mowing her lawn along the fence. The woman, 27, who said the bite did not break her skin, abandoned the mower and called police.
When police responded to the call at 2:13 p.m. Wednesday, the dog had gotten through a low spot under the fence and went after the police officer and the woman in an aggressive manner, said Sgt. Kevin Henderson. The officer fired two rounds from his 9 mm handgun into the dog. "He was protecting the woman and himself,” said Henderson. “He opted to use deadly force."
The abnormal pit bull owner, Duane Moss, 24, that ironically lives in the town of Normal, said the dog was not aggressive and probably was scared. The dog was previously involved in two complaints last fall, but it had not been declared vicious under a new Normal ordinance. Under the new law, it appears that the police chief can declare a dog dangerous or vicious.
Pit Bull Lunges at Medic, Gets Shot
(05/23/08): Aurora, IL - Aurora police shot and killed a pit bull that attacked one man, then lunged for officers and medics. According to police, officers were called to the 2500 block of Greenfield Court after two pit bulls attacked a 20-year-old man who lives on the block. While they waited for officers to arrive, medics had to spray the pit bull with water while one dog threatened them. The same dog then lunged at police and they had to shoot the animal.
Man Shoots Pit Bull When It Tries To Attack
(05/24/08): Cleveland, OH - A man was recently attacked by a pit bull before a gas station owner shot the dog. Gas station owner Steve Daymut said he saw two pit bulls walking unleashed near the busy intersection and a car hit one of the dogs. He wanted to help the dogs, but when the uninjured dog attacked a passerby, he ran back to the station and grabbed his handgun. He shot the pit bull as it started to come toward him. The passerby was taken to an area hospital with injuries to his arm. His condition is unknown.
Pit Bull Shot by Police After Attack on City Employee
(5/26/08): Austin, TX - Police shot a pit bull after it allegedly attacked two people in Emma Long Park recently. The call went into 9-1-1 about an off-leash dog biting someone in the park. When officers responded, the dog then attacked the park manager who was with them. Sgt Micheal Hart says it was then the officers had to use deadly force on the dog. The owner may face charges because the dog was off-leash and "out of control."
Pit Bull Shot After Attacking Dog
(5/26/08): Port Washington, WI - A police officer fired a single shot, killing a pit bull as it attacked a golden retriever. A 65-year-old man had been walking the pit bull for his son, the owner of the dog. When the pit bull saw two dogs across the street, he bolted across the street, yanking the man to the ground, and attacked one of the dogs. The man was taken by ambulance for injuries suffered in the fall.
The cop said that the pit bull had the golden by the neck on the ground. "The golden was crying. The pit bull wasn't letting go," he said. The cop and the owner of the other two dogs tried to pull the pit bull off to no avail. "It was my impression this golden retriever was going to be killed or myself or the dog's owner would be bit by this pit bull," the cop said. "We were within inches."
So he shot and killed the pit bull.
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| 5/28/2008 4:04 PM |
Law enforcement weapon discussions are increasingly about pit bulls. Note this testimonial for the Sig 357:
"And a city police officer was delighted that the 357 SIG could stop a vicious pit bull with one shot, while previously a pit bull soaked up multiple subsonic 147 grain 9mm rounds before being stopped."