A Virginia Beach police officer investigating an armed robbery shot a pitbull after he and his K-9 were attacked.
Police spokesman Jimmy Barnes said around 4:15 p.m. the officer was responding to a call about a home invasion in the 2200 block of Paris Street at the end of Gatewood Avenue.
Barnes said the incident ended up not being a home invasion, but the robbery of an individual outside the home.
Two men knocked on the caller’s door, asking for a man who did not live there. While the resident was on the phone with 911, another man pulled up in front of the home on a scooter. The suspects attacked the man on the scooter and robbed him of his belongings.
As the responding officer and his K-9 unit tracked down the suspects, they were approached and attacked by a medium-sized pitbull.
The officer shot the pitbull once in the shoulder. The pitbull was taken to the veterinarian by the owner for treatment.
The officer and his K-9 did not require any medical attention. The suspects in the robbery were caught a short distance from where the K-9 was tracking them.
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