David Edwards reports for The Raw Story, April 17, 2014, that a sheriff’s deputy in Riverside County, California, accidentally shot himself in the leg while trying to kill a dog that he said was threatening his life.
According to a Riverside County sheriff’s spokesperson, the cop was serving an eviction notice at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday when a “large” dog tried to attack him, KCAL reported.
“A dog came at the deputy in an aggressive manner,” Deputy Armando Munoz said, according to The Press-Enterprise. “The deputy, (attempting to defend himself) pulled his service weapon, shot one round, and injured himself in the leg. He’s OK. He has non life-threatening injuries.”
But video captured by a local television station later showed the dog to be much smaller than reported and peacefully playing with children.
When KNBC film crews arrived on the scene later on Wednesday, they found a medium-sized pit bull — named “Precious” — confined to a pen, and calmly playing with several children. The dog’s owner admitted that it had been barking when the officer arrived.
Deputy Munoz claimed that the dog’s “aggressive” behavior ended when it was startled by the gunfire.
Animal Services did not take the dog into custody because there was no evidence it or the owner had done anything wrong. Precious was not running loose in the streets. Nor did Precious “attack” the deputy; all she did was bark at the cop.
Watch the video below from KNBC, broadcast April 16, 2014.
H/t FOTM’s josephbc69