Dog shot during arrest by Fairfax County Police recovering after surgery

September 19, 2014

A Virginia dog is recovering after being shot by police during the arrest of a suspect, FCPD News reported September 17.

King, a pit bull, is expected to survive being shot by an unnamed officer with the Fairfax County Police Department.

The incident began around 9:15 p.m. September 16 in the 11500 block of Fairfax Station Road when a 20-year man was in a parked car with several other individuals. Someone in the car displayed a handgun and took money and property from the victim. The victim then exited the car and the suspects drove away. The victim, who was uninjured, then contacted police.

According to the FCPD blotter

“Following investigative leads, police located a suspect in this robbery at a residence in the 4100 block of Morrisons Way. The suspect was contacted by phone and he came outside to surrender. While placing the suspect in custody a pit bull dog exited the house and charged the officers. One of the officers then shot the dog. After completing the arrest, officers were able to contain the wounded dog and transport it to a local veterinarian clinic. The dog is expected to recover.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe webpage here, where they are raising money to pay King’s veterinary expenses. Their version of what happened Tuesday night differs greatly from how the police describe the shooting of this family dog.

“On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 my nephew puppy King was shot by fairfax county police during an arrest. The dog was inside when the suspect surrendered himself to the police, the door was then left open by the officers allowing King to wander into the street. He was barking at all the commotion, not aggressively going towards any of the officers or the K-9 unit dogs. The suspect pleaded with the officers over and over to let him put the dog inside, but they refused. Not a single officer tried to grab the dog or let him back into the house, the officer chose to fire his weapon through his right nasal passage, through his hard palate and tongue, exiting through his neck. Witnesses stated that the year old pitbull was doing nothing wrong, simply waking around in the road and police shot him.”

King survived surgery Thursday afternoon and is expected to survive. A Facebook: Justice 4 King has been set up here.

The shooting is still under investigation

Police spokesman Bud Walker said the name of the suspect hasn’t been released, as they are seeking other suspects in the case.

Contact information for Fairfax County Officials can be found on their website, with administrative contacts listed here.



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