Crime

Cop responding to domestic violence call shoots dog

A domestic violence call turned slightly chaotic when a Miami police officer shot at a dog and a man who briefly refused to come out of his home in the 900 block of Northwest 50th Street.
A domestic violence call turned slightly chaotic when a Miami police officer shot at a dog and a man who briefly refused to come out of his home in the 900 block of Northwest 50th Street. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

A domestic violence call turned chaotic Thursday when an officer was forced to shoot an attacking dog that was blocking the officer’s path to the home.

By early afternoon, the man, who hadn’t been named, was being detained and questioned by police. And the pit bull mix, according to police, was being treated for a non life- threatening gunshot wound.

Miami police Detective Freddie Cruz said the officer had little choice but to fire his weapon or be attacked by the canine.

According to Cruz, Miami police were called to a home at 920 NW 50th St., at 11 a.m. because of an escalating domestic violence dispute. Two officers arrived and were greeted on the property by three dogs, when of them attacked. An officer fired and struck the animal.

Officers then approached the home, where the man at first refused to open the door. The commotion and gunfire in the residential neighborhood on the southern end of Liberty City drew onlookers, media, a large police presence, and police brass. Police taped off most of the immediate area around the home.

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