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Woman hit in leg when Cincinnati officer shot aggressive dog, police say

Police: Woman hit in leg when officer shot dog
Police: Woman hit in leg when officer shot dog
Posted at 10:20 AM, Jul 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-07 10:35:55-04

CINCINNATI -- Two people ended up going to a hospital after a dog attack Friday night -- but only one of them for a bite wound.

The other suffered a shotgun wound to the leg from an officer's weapon, according to a police spokesman.

Lt. Steve Saunders said the department is handling the investigation similar to any officer-involved shooting.

It began at about 9 p.m. Friday, when District Five officers were investigating the dog attack on Graham Street in the CUF neighborhood.

Saunders said the dog became aggressive when officers found it in a residence.

One of the officers shot the dog with a shotgun when it came at them, Saunders said.

A woman was trying to restrain the dog, and it appears a shotgun pellet hit her in the leg, Saunders said. Her injury wasn't life-threatening, and she went to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment.

The bite victim, who knows the dog's owner, also went to UC with leg injuries.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took the dog.

The Cincinnati Police Department's Criminal Investigations Section is handling the investigation. Also, the department's Internal Investigation Section and the external, independent Citizens Complaint Authority are conducting parallel investigations.

Saunders said the department's Firearms Discharge Board also will review the findings.