Everett Police Shoot and Kill Pit Bull After Taser Fails to Stop Attack on Officers

August 30, 2011

Everett, Police Blotter

Everett Police say they were forced to shoot and kill a 100 pound pit bull after it attacked officers and an Everett K-9 last night.
Everett Police Sgt. Ryan Dalberg tells me police were assisting Everett Firefighters with an investigation into a fire in the 3200 block of Rucker last night shortly before 11:00pm. Dalberg gave me the following account…An Everett K-9 officer and his dog were doing a search for suspects in relation to the fire call when they came across a man and woman in an alley near the fire scene. The man was holding the harness of the pit bull. Police say the man was confrontational with officers and they advised him they were going to arrest him for obstructing an officer. They asked the man to give the dog to the woman, which he did. When officers tried to physically take the man into custody there was a physical struggle between the man and officers and the pit bull broke free from the woman and attacked the Everett Police K-9 and the K-9 officer. A taser was fired at the Pit Bull with no effect and the K-9 officer was bit in the thigh. He fired one shot at the pit bull which continued to attack officers chasing one officer up onto the hood of his car. Officers fired at the put bull, hitting it multiple times and killing it. The Everett K-9 officer was taken to an Everett hospital for treatment of his bite wounds and his K-9 was treated at the vet for bites as well. Sgt. Dalberg says both are expected to recover. The man, in his 50s from Arlington was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of felony assault. Everett Police Major Crime Detectives are investigating the incident. Sgt. Dalberg tells me that because shots were fired at an animal, no officers are on paid administrative leave and the investigation can be handled within the Everett Police Department and not require an outside agency such as the SMART team which investigations officer involved shootings resulting in the death of humans. Dalberg wouldn’t say how many officers fired at the pit bull. I’m waiting for an update from Everett Fire regarding the fire at 32nd and Rucker that led to the original call.

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