Dog That Charged Officers Shot, Killed

A dog Jamestown police say charged officers was shot and killed during a warrant check at a city home.

The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday as two officers were attempting to locate a resident at 222 Winsor St. wanted on an outstanding warrant. According to Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department, as officers were approaching the home from the sidewalk, a large uncollared pitbull Mastiff “aggressively” charged the pair.

“One officer was forced to discharge his duty weapon, striking the animal (and) stopping the imminent attack,” Samuelson said in a statement released Wednesday night.

No one was reportedly injured in the shooting. The dog was taken to a local veterinarian office where it died, Jamestown police said.

Surveillance video captured the shooting, which Samuelson said he reviewed afterward.

“The video shows a large, aggressive dog come after the officers,” Samuelson told The Post-Journal. “The dog was loose and not collared. … There could have been serious injuries due to the size of the dog.”

Samuelson said all instances in which officers fire their service weapons are thoroughly investigated by the department. He said after reviewing video of the incident, the shooting appeared to be justified.

“We don’t want to have to use weapons on a dog,” he said. “This was a rare incident.”

Jamestown police say the shooting remains under investigation. The owner of the dog was issued a summons late Wednesday for having a dog at-large that attacks. The code violation includes a $50 fine.

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