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Dog shooting by police prompts state police investigation

August 25th, 2014 1:31 pm by NET News Service

Dog shooting by police prompts state police investigation

WISE CO., Va. — The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Wytheville Field Office is investigating an incident where police shot and killed a dog in Wise County over the weekend.

According to a Virginia State Police news release, shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday, Wise County Sheriff's deputies arrived at a residence on Fuchasia Road. The deputies had received information that a wanted subject was at that residence.

As the deputies were talking with the owner of the residence, the homeowner's dog escaped out the front door and charged the deputies. As the deputies retreated, they made multiple verbal commands for the homeowner to call off his dog, according to the VSP. When the homeowner failed to comply and the dog continued charging the deputies, one of the deputies fired at the animal, and the dog died at the scene, state police said in the news release.

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