Officer shoots dog during investigation at Lincoln home, police say

Animal Control says that Deva was previously deemed as potentially dangerous

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – An officer shot and killed a dog on Tuesday while conducting a follow-up investigation at a home near Manatt and 13th Streets, Lincoln Police say.

Officers arrived at the home around 7:45 a.m. and spoke to the girlfriend of the man they were looking for, police say.

While the woman was calling her boyfriend, police say a large 5-year-old dog came from inside the home and charged at the officers.

The dog bit one of the officer’s pants and knocked him down, according to police.

The dog then charged the other officer.

As the officer ran away, he fired his service weapon at the dog.  The officer fell but was uninjured.

The boyfriend then came out of the house and took the dog, Deva, to an emergency veterinarian where she was euthanized due to her injuries.

The Lincoln Police Department is investigating the incident, which will include a review of all available video and witness statements.

Animal Control is assisting in the investigation. They told police that Deva was previously deemed a potentially dangerous dog after having previously bit another community member.

Officers are trained to handle aggressive dogs and part of the investigation will be to determine if that training was followed, police say.

The situation may have unfolded rapidly and not every aggressive dog may be able to be deescalated, according to police.

Lincoln Police say they recognize how important dogs are in our lives and understand that the loss of any pet is painful.

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