Dog shot dead by police at National Night Out event

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond police officer shot and killed a dog that charged at him after it injured a man and harassed several children in an event celebrating National Night Out event in Church Hill Tuesday night.

The owner said the dog, a female named Kiki, was just a year and 5 months old. She said that the dog was shot four times. She said the dog had gotten out of the house by accident, but she was not sure how.

Richmond police said the incident occurred around 6 p.m. at 37th and P streets. A number of children were playing inside an inflatable gym at the neighborhood event when a pit bull that weighed about 60 pounds ran out of a house, charged at the gym and tried to get to the children inside, according to police.

A man used some garden shears to get the dog away, but he suffered numerous bite wounds to both arms in the process. He was transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment, police said.

An off-duty Richmond deputy sheriff and a retired New York police officer who were in the area both fired guns into the air in what turned out to be a successful effort to briefly scare off the dog, according to police.

Richmond police officers in the area heard the gunshots and responded to the scene. Police officials said the first officer to arrive was not initially aware that the shots had been fired to scare off a dog. The Richmond officer saw the retired New York officer brandishing a gun and ordered him to drop it, which he did.

At that point, the dog came from around a corner and charged the Richmond officer. Police said the officer shot the dog several times, killing it.

No charges were immediately filed, but the investigation was continuing today.

The internal-affairs units for the city police and sheriff's departments also are reviewing the discharging of weapons by their respective officers to make sure they conformed with department policies, according to police.

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