Officer Kills Dog That Attacked Man in Wheelchair

Two dogs attacked man in wheelchair, officer

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Thursday, Mar 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:26 PM CDT
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Dallas police said two pit bulls attacked a police officer and a man in a wheelchair. The officer fatally shot one of the dogs, and the other dog got away.

Ellen Goldberg, NBC 5 News

Dallas police said two pit bulls attacked a police officer and a man in a wheelchair. The officer fatally shot one of the dogs, and the other dog got away.

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A Dallas police officer shot and killed one of two dogs that attacked the officer and a man in a wheelchair in Oak Cliff on Thursday afternoon.

Police said two pit bulls surrounded a man in a wheelchair and took a bite of his knee. Investigators said the dogs then turned their attentions toward the officer.

“Both dogs turned on the officer," Deputy Chief Jesse Reyes said. "One of them actually bit the officer in the leg."

The officer fired his weapon, killing one of the dogs.

John Perez called 911 about the two dogs, who were on prowl in his neighborhood near West 12th Street and Llewellyn Avenue.

“They started attacking people left and right, even the vehicles -- when they were going by, they started attacking the vehicles,” he said.

One of the dogs got away.

“I wish both of them would of gotten killed, instead of somebody else getting killed,” Perez said.

He said he has seen the dogs roaming in the alley behind his house for several weeks.

“I knew it was going to happen sooner or later," Perez said. "I just didn't know when."

The police officer and the other victim were treated at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Police are working to identify the dogs’ owner. Investigators said no one has come forward so far to claim the animals.

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