Police In Conn. Shoot Chimp After It Attacks Woman

(AP) A 175-pound chimpanzee kept as a pet was shot and killed by a police officer Monday after it attacked a woman visiting its owners' home, leaving her with serious facial injuries, authorities said.

The injured woman, described by police as in her 50s, was taken to a hospital; her condition and identity were not immediately available. The 15-year-old chimpanzee's owner and two officers also were hurt, though police said the extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

The Advocate of Stamford reported on its Web site Monday night that the primate's owner called 911 and tried to stop the chimp from attacking the woman by stabbing it with a butcher knife.

As emergency crews arrived to treat the victim, the chimpanzee _ named Travis _ revived and opened the door of a police cruiser. The officer inside fired several shots, killing the chimp, The Advocate reported.

The chimpanzee was well known around Stamford because he rode around in trucks belonging to the towing company operated by his owners.

In 2003, he escaped from his owners' vehicle in downtown Stamford for two hours. Police then used cookies, macadamia treats and ice cream in an attempt to lure him back into the vehicle, but subdued him only after he became too tired to resist.

At the time of the 2003 attack, police said the owners told them the chimpanzee was toilet trained, dressed and bathed himself, ate at the table and drank wine from a stemmed glass.

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