Topeka Police Release Report Recounting Dog Shooting

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Topeka Police officer says he felt in immediate danger when a dog ran toward him in a Topeka neighborhood earlier this month.

Topeka Police on Tuesday released the officer's report on the May 7th incident. Names and addresses of those involved, including the officer's name, are blacked out.

In the report, the officer recounts how he was called to the 1100 block of SW Plass on complaints of a dog barking and another dog at large. The officer says he was in the driveway of a home when a dog who was tethered that he had seen previously and another dog came through the home's fence at the same time.

"The dog was barking, growling and baring its teeth," the report states. "The German Shepherd crossed the yard very quickly and continued to be aggressive. I was in fear of immediate bodily harm if I did not react quickly to the dog's aggressive actions."

The officer says he fired one shot at the dog, but it kept growling and running toward him. He says he fired two more shots and the dog flinched, but kept running and growling, so he fired a fourth shot and the animal fell.

Neighbors had expressed concern, noting children outside playing at the time. In the report, the officer describes the backdrop as a barren yard surrounded by a wooden fence with a large tree in the middle and an alley behind it. The officers states he aimed in a downward direction, two feet from the ground, so any shots that missed the dog would go into the ground.

Topeka Police said shortly after the incident that officials were investigating, but the officer resumed normal duty.


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