NASHVILLE TN - AN OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER SHOT A PIT BULL THAT AGGRESSIVELY APPROACHED HIM AND HIS GERMAN SHEPHERD THAT HE WAS WALKING
(WKRN) – Metro police are investigating after an off-duty officer shot a dog Monday morning.
According to officers on the scene, the off-duty officer reported a PIT BULL aggressively approached him and his German shepherd while out on a walk on River Way Drive.
Police said the officer fired one shot at the dog with his personal weapon, striking it.
The dog was injured and later died at an emergency veterinarian clinic.
Neighbors told News 2 the Pit bull likes people but has had issues with other dogs in the neighborhood. Bo Parnell, who lives on the street where the shooting happened, told News 2 he talked with a neighbor who spoke with the off-duty officer.
He said the officer told his friend, “He was very sorry but nothing he could do when the dog attacked him.”
Parnell added his own personal story about the dog, saying he was “very people friendly. I have petted the dog myself. I know the dog’s name, but it does not like other dogs and it’s figured out how to get out of a chain link fence.”
Investigator Jeff Jobe said the off-duty officer fired a single shot “in self-defense,” and the incident placed him in fear of either him or his dog being injured.”
The dog’s owner had little to say about the incident.
“We are going to do full investigation on the incident,” said Officer Jobe.
Police have not yet released the name of the off-duty officer.