YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – An internal investigation determined that a Youngstown police officer who shot and killed a dog did so in self-defense.
The dog was shot and killed on Youngstown’s east side early Tuesday morning. A Youngstown police officer was looking for an address on Drummond Avenue when the incident occurred.
Lt. Brian Butler with Internal Affairs said the dog launched itself at the officer, who tried to back away and couldn’t. The officer shot the dog three times.
Butler said the dog had a history of biting people in Campbell and was known to be territorial.
“It’s very unfortunate when an officer has to shoot at any type of domestic animal. It’s a very unfortunate situation but the officer did act in self-defense when he did have to fire on this dog,” he said.
Butler said the officer is upset over the incident. He had recently adopted a pit bull that recovered from a gunshot wound.