Chicago Police Officer badge (courtesy chicagonewsreport.com)

What was that about “know your target?” “An on-duty Chicago police officer was shot in the leg Monday night when a police officer fired at a charging dog in the Englewood neighborhood,” officer.com reports. “Two officers and a supervisor proceeded to the second floor landing of the building, where they were confronted by a vicious dog, according to police. When the dog charged toward them, an officer fired a single shot that struck the dog and also traveled through the officer’s thigh, according to a police source who was not authorized to speak on the record. It remained unclear whether the bullet struck the officer or the dog first . . . The officer is expected to survive.” Yes, yes. The shooter stays on the public payroll. The shootee gets disability pay for the rest of his natural life (or a big payout from the City). What about the dog? No word. Figures.

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44 Responses to Chicago Cop Shoots Dog. And Fellow Officer. At the Same Time.

  1. I’d like to see the balistics on that one. The only way that could reasonably work is if the little piggy was on the deck and the dog was above him.

  2. “He’s coming right for us!” Actually, it was smart tactics on the part of the shooter. He didn’t have to outrun the vicious dog, just his leg shot partner.

    • Nah, the shooter will receive the unlimited bar tab from the shootee. Disability Baby!

  3. It seems the blind hatred that the police seem to have towards dogs is actually stronger than their bond to protect fellow officers.

    Fascinating.

  4. It’s an understandable omission. Even in Chicago, people are marginally more important than dogs. Well, the police officers are, anyway.

  5. Hmmm…

    Why should there be a word about the dog? Apart from “the attacker is assuming ambient temperature,” that is. Were it to survive being shot, it’d likely be put down anyway as a menace.

    This would appear to differ from the N.Y.P.D. using a poodle tethered in a back yard for target practice.

    I’d suspect that the bullet his the leg, then the dog; it seems unlikely that one officer got to the far side of a dangerous animal ere it charged the other.

    Aim low and quick at a very rapidly moving target and – oops.

    ‘Fraid I’ll have to side with CPD on this one; I’ve seen enough dog attacks to know that they’re hard to handle with grace or aplomb.

    But disability? Spell “desk job.”

  6. Hmmm…

    I should think the only word about the dog would be that it’s cooling off and being tested for rabies. Were it to survive the bullet, it’d be put down anyway as a menace.

    This would appear to differ from the N.Y.P.D. using a poodle tethered in a back yard for target practice.

    I’d suspect that the bullet hit the leg, then the dog; it seems unlikely that one officer got to the far side of a dangerous animal ere it charged the other.

    Aim low and quick at a very rapidly moving target and – oops.

    ‘Fraid I’ll have to side with CPD on this one; I’ve seen enough dog attacks to know that they’re hard to handle with grace or aplomb.

    But disability? Spell “desk job.”

    • We were menaced by an Akita the size of a small bull during one arrest. Thankfully, the owner locked the door behind us as we exited. The only words out of my mouth that finally entered his roid-ravaged grey matter were “if it moves, shoot the dog”.

      He had physically thrown his wife down the stairs of the military housing building. She was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. We had skillfully gotten the 2 year old out of the apartment and into the hands of a neighbor. The suspect was the size of an NFL linebacker. He had a dog snarling. He did not want to be handcuffed. We had enough of a patrol force to take him but NOT him and the dog.

      Later in the stairwell, it took 6 of us to handcuff him. If you think I was bluffing, you were wrong. When the Polizie inspected the apartment, they found 6 unregistered guns. All were loaded. As patrol supervisor, I was not going to hesitate to end Lassie’s life. 2-3 MPs fighting with a vicious dog would have given him the chance to get to those guns. Then, it becomes a two way shooting range at point blank distances.

      If an owner uses a dog as a weapon, bad things happen. I don’t want cops shooting pets. But you have to acknowledge that there times and situations that require a vicious dog to be put down.

      • I don’t disagree with you at all. Though would you have shot one of your guys in the thigh at the same time? That’s the post.

    • Whatever floats your boat, sir.

      Having already had a 30.06 projectile (with an added payload of plaster and mouse poop) in my leg, I’ll pass on the dog guts.

        • Not much to tell.

          Back when I was still living in San Bernardino (in the PRK) the none-too-careful next door neighbor was cleaning his weapon and it went boom.

          A few milliseconds and two walls later a very banged-up projectile found my left thigh and decided to set a spell; I went ouch.

          I crutches to the hospital, the neighbor signed for the bill and everyone shook hands.

          Different times.

        • Russ, I could deal with being shot on purpose, but getting shot by accident would really p1ss me off.

    • Had a bad flashback when I saw this. I only got a hole in my jeans. K9 officer yanked on the leash, (gun in other hand), he shot his own dog…. Had to be the loudest bang I’ve ever heard

  7. A Chicago police officer has been nominated for the Mayors Fiscal Responsibility award by demonstrating that a single bullet can be used to hit 2 targets, thus doubling ammo efficiency while halving the cost per incident. Well done, sir!

    • SSSSHHH!!! They’ll turn around and claim all guns need only be single-shot capable, since you’re extremely unlikely to face more than two attackers at once, and you’ll easily be able to shoot them both with one bullet.

  8. Englewood is so pretty this time of year. The garbage bag trees are in bloom and the white-fish are just starting to sprout.

  9. Hmm, if police use a K9 to attack a suspect, it is declared non-lethal force. Why would it be okay to use lethal force on a charging dog? For the risk of having to get a few stitches, a police officer threw some lead which anyone with the most basic of training would have known could hit other people – other police and the next door neighbor on the other side of a wall.

    • A German Shepard has enough power in its jaws to break your leg. Now true police k9s are trained to go after appendages and not your throat, but pets are not so limited. Pit Bulls will go for your face.

  10. Cops here shoot dogs at will. Even ones that aren’t attacking or charging anyone.

    Shrug. In any case, if your dog is loose you probably deserve to have it be shot. Too bad, so sad you should have control over your dog if you plan on keeping it for very long.

    one thing we know for sure: it wasn’t a medium-sized dog with a short coat and blocky head or there would be 735 stories about it in the media across the country with the headline: “Charging pit pull shot by cop in Chicago”

  11. This proves that if they really are interested in our safety and gun safety in general, they should take the guns from the cops. The general consensus of the moron class is that, in effect, “If cops get hurt and accidentally hurt people with guns then there is no way they are safe for the general population to have.”

    The conscensus from most of the pro-gun community is, “Many cops are arrogant. Arrogance makes you stupid. If your toting a gun and you’re arrogant and stupid, your chance of hurting someone is very high.”

    Take the guns from the cops so more dogs and fellow officers will not fall pray to the arrogance and stupidity of cops. Let them tote tasers around. At least only old people and people with heart conditions need to worry about death at that point.

    Ban guns and make us all more vulnerable to crime.
    Ban cops and make us all more safe.

    Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.

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