A dog was shot and died this week after lunging at police officers.
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Dog shot after lunging at officers
Published 2:26 PST, Fri November 20, 2020
Police responded to two officers in need of assistance earlier this week, but when they arrived on scene, a dog lunged at them. An officer had to discharge their firearm and the dog has died as a result.
Police responded to an alleged break-and-enter in progress around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 18). Two officers encountered the suspect who allegedly fought with them as they attempted to arrest him. As the situation escalated, the responding officers called for additional back-up.
Several more officers arrived to provide support. As the officers entered the building they encountered a person with a large dog. The individual lost control of the dog which cornered the officers in a confined space and bit two of them. An officer was ultimately forced to shoot the dog as it continued to attack them.
“This was a terribly unfortunate incident for all involved,” said Cst. Kenneth Lau. “Police officers often have to make a split second decision between being potentially seriously injured or protecting the safety of themselves, their fellow officers or the public.”
Fortunately, back-up officers were able to get to the original two responding officers which resulted in the safe arrest of the suspect.
A 40-year-old man of no fixed address is expected to appear in Richmond Provincial Court on Feb. 24, 2021 to answer to charges of break and enter.
Richmond RCMP recognize this is a difficult situation and will provide support to everyone involved.
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