Owner Tells Police: "Shoot it! Kill it!"
Oberland, OH - Twenty-five year old Dedrick Montague was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after he was attacked by his pit bull Saturday. Montague was bitten on his right forearm, exposing the bone. He tried to get away from the dog by breaking through a glass storm door, but the dog pursued.
When officers Sanderson and Reitz arrived, they saw the pit bull and heard someone yelling, “He bit me, shoot it, kill it!” The dog then lunged at the officers. One fired two rounds at the dog, while the other tried to shoot it with a Taser.
Although wounded, the dog fled across the street. When the dog retuned, Sanderson fired three more rounds, which finally sent the animal to the ground. But it still took an additional round to make him lie still. Oberlin police said the attack reportedly began when the dog nipped at another person living in the home, 28-year-old Katie Stead.
“She thought the dog was just playing,” Barnes said. “They’ve had this dog since it was a pup.”
Several years ago, a pit bull attacked a police officer, Tim Diewald, after he tried to put it in his cruiser. Diewald had to shoot the dog to get it to release his arm. Diewald, who has since retired, was on medical leave for about six weeks due to the attack.