WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A dog was shot and killed by Wilmington Police Tuesday night after officials say it attacked one of their own police dogs.
A WPD officer conducted a traffic stop around 9:45 p.m. in the 400 block of Evans Street, where the driver jumped out and fled on foot, according to a WPD spokesperson. Police set up a perimeter in the area, and a K-9 was brought in to help track the driver's scent.
Around this time, an unleashed dog, which witness describe as a pit bull, approached the K-9 and went nose-to-nose with it.
The K-9's handler tried to pull it away from the pit bull, and another officer tried to make the pit bull back off, but both attempts were unsuccessful.
Police say the pit bull then attacked the K-9, going for its face and trying to bite its throat. Subsequently, a WPD officer at the scene shot the pit bull to stop the attack.
Following the incident, a routine force review will be conducted.
The suspect who ran away from the vehicle is still at large as the initial investigation is underway.
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