Prince George’s Co. police officer shoots dog in response to attack

A dog is dead after Prince George’s County, Maryland, police said the animal attacked a delivery man.

It happened Sunday evening at a home on Endsley Place in Upper Marlboro.

Police spokesman Cpl. Kyndle Johnson said it began with a call about a dog attack involving a man delivering food to the home at around 5:30 p.m.

“The dog bit off a portion of the victim’s ear and also bit the man’s neck and face,” Johnson said.

When both police and animal control officers arrived at the scene, an animal control officer tried to capture the American bulldog. While trying to get a handle on the animal, police said it broke free and tried to lunge at the animal control officer.

“That’s when the Prince George’s County police officer discharged his weapon, striking the dog,” Johnson said.

The dog later died from its injuries.

Police said the officer remains on the force and the firing of the service weapon will be investigated by the Special Investigative Response Team, as part of the department’s standard operating procedure. Animal Control will lead the investigation into the dog attack.

Mike Murillo

Mike Murillo is a reporter and anchor at WTOP. Before joining WTOP in 2013, he worked in radio in Orlando, New York City and Philadelphia.

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