Police officer shoots at attacking dog


POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2009

A police officer shot a dog in a grocery store parking lot Wednesday night after the dog's owner unleashed the animal and the dog bit him, according to police and witnesses.

Both the dog and the officer were said to be in good condition. Police arrested the dog's owner, a 32-year-old man.

The incident began at about 7:30 p.m. when the man and a woman were arguing as they drove through Kapahulu. Police said the woman stopped the vehicle in the Safeway parking lot at 888 Kapahulu Ave. and asked a store clerk to call 911 because she feared for her safety.

A plainclothes officer identified himself and asked the man several times to move the vehicle because it was disrupting traffic flow, police said. The man swore at the officer and allegedly lifted a shopping cart, threatening to throw it at the officer. The officer drew his service pistol, and the suspect put the cart down, police said.

The man then unleashed a dog he had with him, and the dog attacked the officer, police said. The officer was bitten once in the abdomen before he shot the dog, a pit bull, in the shoulder.

“;Dog bit him; detective shot him,”; said police Lt. Bill Kato.

The Hawaiian Humane Society picked up the dog, which appeared to be in “;pretty good”; shape, Kato said. The officer, who bystanders said was doing OK, was taken to the Queen's Medical Center.

Safeway security officer Robert Nichols was inside the store but heard the incident unfold.

“;One shot,”; he said. He looked outside and saw a dog limping near the Barefoot League store on the other side of the parking lot.

The man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, second-degree assault and a citation for a dangerous dog.