At approximately 10:13 p.m. Saturday, the Shelby Police Department received a 911 transfer call about a dog attack. Upon arrival, officers saw the dog attacking a man in a back bedroom of the residence. Officer John Reed deployed his TASER on the dog, giving the victim time to break free and escape the room.
The dog recovered after the TASER stopped cycling and began charging toward the door. Officers Reed and Cody Baker stayed between the victim and the dog. Officer Baker fired two rounds at the dog, striking the dog with both shots and killing the animal immediately.
Shelby Fire and Community EMS arrived on the scene and treated the victim, before transporting him to Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital for treatment. The victim was transferred from Ohio Health Mansfield early Sunday morning for additional treatment and subsequent surgery at a Columbus Hospital.
The dog’s owner told police that she and her boyfriend were arguing which caused the dog to attack her boyfriend.
Shelby officers wear body camera vests so video of the incident is available for officials to review.
“It appears based on a review of the incident and the officers’ reports, that shooting the dog was a necessity,” Shelby Chief of Police Lance Combs said. “Officers Reed and Baker did a phenomenal job of working together, reacting quickly, protecting the residents, and neutralizing the threat. Shelby Fire and Community EMS are to be commended for such a quick and professional response.”