Officer shoots, wounds dog during disturbance call, teen arrested

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A dog was shot and wounded Thursday morning by an Topeka Police officer investigating a domestic disturbance that led to the arrest of an 18-year-old man.

According to police, John B. Bowman III has been arrested in connection with the disturbance and will be booked into the Shawnee Co. jail on counts of domestic battery and criminal damage. He was taken into custody near SE 10th Ave. and Lawrence St., about a block away from where officers initially responded to the disturbance call.

TPD explained its officers were originally called to 10th and Locust around 10:45 a.m. When they arrived, the officers went to speak with a witness who had an unleashed dog with him.

Police say the dog charged at the officers and wouldn't stop despite their repeated warnings, at which point one of the officers fired a shot that struck the dog in its rear. Topeka Police Animal Control took the injured dog to a local veterinarian for treatment.

No officers were injured in the incident, police noted.

Anyone with information about the disturbance is asked to call the Topeka Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 785-368-9400 or Shawnee Co. Crime Stoppers at 785-234--0007.