Not only are police guilty of shooting family dogs, this time one officer has shot another when firing at a charging dog.
According to a police statement, a Chicago police officer and his partner, along with their supervisor responded to a burglary in progress call around 9 p.m. in the 1200 block of West 72nd Place.
The three officers were on a second floor landing of the building when a vicious dog allegedly charged at the police. One of the officers fired a shot that struck the dog. Unfortunately, the bullet also hit one of the other officers in the thigh. It hasn't been determined who was struck first by the bullet.
The injured officer was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in Cook County, where he was treated and released.
It's unclear at this time of whether the dog shot by police was injured or killed. The dogs owners haven't been identified.
This isn't the first time Chicago police have shot a dog. Back in December officers shot an innocent 7-month old miniature bull-terrier puppy owned by Al Phillips. The puppy, who goes by the name Colonel Phillips, underwent five hours of cutting edge medicine to save his life.
The family had plans to enter the Colonel in dog shows. That will never happen, thanks to the Chicago police officer who shot the dog while writing out a parking ticket. That family has now filed a lawsuit against the department.
Perhaps with this latest incident, police will think twice about shooting a dog. It will be interesting to learn more details on this officer shooting officer accident. Mainly about whether the dog was truly a danger or another case of the magic threefold pattern that allows officers to shoot family dogs.