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November 11, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Omak police officer shoots pitbull after dog bites him

The Wenatchee World

OMAK — A pitbull that suddenly turned on an Omak police officer was shot and killed on Monday morning.

Omak Police Sgt. Jeff Koplin said two officers were called to north Omak about three pitbulls that were loose and acting aggressively.

The officers recognized the dogs as ones they’d dealt with before, and were returning them to their owners when one of them lunged at one of the officers, grabbing at his forearm and tearing his shirt, Koplin said.

The dog had been jumping up on the officer in a friendly, excited manner, but became aggressive when the officer pushed the dog off of him, he said.

After the dog tore his shirt, the officer tried to draw his Taser, but the dog came at him again too quickly, so he drew his gun and fired, Koplin said. The other officer had drawn his baton to try to handle the aggressive dog. The other two pitbulls, which were younger, did not become aggressive.

Koplin said this was the fifth complaint against the dog in the last few weeks, including an incident last week when the dog bit a veterinarian technician.

“The owners were apologetic, and seemed to understand the situation,” Koplin said.

He did not expect any charges or further investigation.

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