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

Chicago Police Officer badge (courtesy

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,” 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.


  1. avatar Pwrserge says:

    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. avatar jwm says:

    “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.

    1. avatar Bruce says:

      * grins *

    2. avatar Lucubration says:

      Hah! Good one.

    3. avatar EPThorn says:

      ok… that’s pretty funny.

    4. avatar NWGlocker says:

      My mind was filling in the statements…need coffee. At first I thought jwm was going to say “it was smart tactics on the part of the dog, getting in line with the cop who was shot”

  3. avatar gregolas says:

    What! Are Chicago cops not issued pepper spray? If so, are they not taught to use it?

  4. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    So the gun didn’t just go off? Amazing! I thought they just went off randomly.

  5. The shootee also gets an unlimited bar tab at the local watering hole courtesy of the shooter.

    Illustrating Chicago’s Murders, Homicides, Violence and Idiocy at

    1. avatar Joke & Dagger says:

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

  6. avatar Johnny says:

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


  7. avatar Ing says:

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

  8. avatar Rimfire says:

    Two hits with one shot? The NYPD would never accomplish that in a million years…..

    1. avatar Gregg says:

      Now that’s funny

    2. avatar Totenglocke says:

      They NYPD can barely accomplish one hit with 200 shots.

  9. avatar Russ Bixby says:


    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.”

  10. avatar Russ Bixby says:


    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.”

    1. avatar Sid says:

      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.

      1. avatar Joke & Dagger says:

        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.

  11. avatar ProfBathrobe says:

    I’m not entirely sure why the numbers on the badge were blurred, but you can still totally make out the numbers from the pixels.

  12. avatar Accur81 says:

    I definitely would want a hollow point filled with dog guts in my leg.

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      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.

      1. avatar Tony says:

        Russ, you have piqued my curiosity. I would like to hear your story some time.

        1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

          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.

        2. avatar Ralph says:

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

    2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      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

    3. avatar Accur81 says:

      Oops. Wouldn’t want. Got a phone call in the middle of my post and didn’t proof read…

  13. avatar Paul53 says:

    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!

    1. avatar TR says:

      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.

  14. avatar Calvin says:

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

  15. avatar DBPolice says:

    when only the po-lice have guns

  16. I’m actually not sure if the officer shot another officer or if he shot himself in the thigh. I think by the text it could be taken either way.

  17. avatar Bob2 says:

    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.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      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.

  18. avatar William Burke says:

    You win some, you lose some. I’ll let you sort out the details.

  19. avatar Mina says:

    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”

  20. avatar Jeh says:

    That cop needs the death penalty.

  21. avatar CJ says:

    The Warren commission proved just how unpredictable a single bullet can be.

  22. avatar Thurlow Weed says:

    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.

  23. avatar punmaster says:

    Was this an unregistered dog?

  24. avatar Ralph says:

    I happen to know the dog. She’s a real b1tch and I’m sure she shot first.

  25. avatar mediocrates says:

    Obviously, their qualifying percentage is worse than the Atlanta PD.

  26. avatar Aharon says:

    This is how the Chicago police take a bite out of crime.

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