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Kinston police: Officers shoot, kill aggressive dog

Posted December 15, 2014

— Kinston police say officers shot and killed a dog that became aggressive toward a police K-9 last Thursday.

The officers were responding to a report of dogs fighting at a home at 1007 Towerhill Road shortly before 12:30 p.m. when they encountered the black, mixed-breed dog.

Police say the dog approached the two officers and the K-9 and "became aggressive toward the K-9." The officers drew their guns, and one officer fired two rounds, hitting the dog.

The injured dog retreated but then circled around and tried to approach the officers again, police said. An officer then fired three rounds – two struck the dog and one hit a gas meter.

The injured dog went under the house, where it died. Police did not release the name of the officers involved or any other details.

Piedmont Natural Gas was called to the scene to secure a minor leak at the gas meter.


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  • 1983rs Dec 15, 2014

    shot a gas meter.. this could have been blown way out of proportion!!!

  • Catmandu Dec 15, 2014

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  • jmoxley2010 Dec 15, 2014

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    Why do we not see stories on dogs that have been ran over by cars or shot by civilians. This is just a case where the media is trying to instigate the hatred towards the police.

  • Sonja Yagel Dec 15, 2014
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    I regret the dog was killed but I believe the police did the right thing. I love dogs too, have 7, but when a dog comes at you aggressively, you cannot wait until they attack to do react.

  • Brian Jenkins Dec 15, 2014

    We need to arm the post men and women. Lives matter.

  • Brian Jenkins Dec 15, 2014

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    Would animal control bring a dog to a dog fight? This is very simple.

  • Combat MP Dec 15, 2014

    Once again the haters are spouting off about what they think they know. Ask animal control what they would do if approached by an aggressive dog. In my county, I was told and I quote "you as a citizen can not shoot a dog on his "own" property even if he is aggressive towards you. I (AC) on the other hand can shoot the dog if it makes a move towards me that I think is aggressive."

  • John Smythe Dec 15, 2014
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    If the headline was "animal shelter puts down a dozen dogs a day" no one would care. 1 dog in Kinston gets shot by a police officer and it's a lead story? This article isn't about a dog, it's another example of digging up a story that stirs emotions over the police. What was the last story WRAL covered out of Kinston before this?

  • John Smythe Dec 15, 2014
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    Looks like WRAL had to travel all the way to Kinston today to locate an article casting police in a somewhat negative light. I guess it's ok for dog fighters and the animal shelters to put down dogs every day but if an officer is involved it's suddenly an out of control situation.

  • downtowner Dec 15, 2014

    Here is an interesting statistic--In the US police shoot a pet dog every 98 minutes. Chew on that for a second.