Off-duty officer shoots dog during attack

(PHOTO: Prince George's County Police Department)

PRINCE GEORGE’S CO. – An off-duty Prince George’s County Police officer shot and wounded a loose dog after the animal tried to attack the officer and his small dog in Fort Washington Thursday, police say.

The officer was walking his cocker spaniel on a leash around 8:20 a.m. in the 11400 block of Gunpowder Drive.

An investigation revealed a neighbor opened his garage door and a cane corso got loose, barking and charging towards the officer.

The officer says he picked up his dog and started to fend off the dog as it tried to bite at his face and grab his dog.

Fearing for his own safety, police say the officer drew his weapon and shot the cane corso once, grazing the dog’s back paw.

The dog received medical attention. Neither the officer or his dog were injured, police say.

Police say they will investigate the discharge of the officer’s weapon which is standard procedure whenever a weapon is discharged.

Prince George’s County Animal Control has been notified and will launch a separate investigation into the incident, police say.