Police Officer Shoots And Kills Pit Bull At Burien Apartment Tuesday Afternoon
Story and Photos by Scott Schaefer
Tuesday afternoon (Mar. 2nd) around 2pm, a potential domestic disturbance 9-1-1 call in Burien turned into the shooting death of a Pit Bull at an apartment near the intersection of 4th Ave SW and SW 155th.
According to a King County Sheriff’s officer on the scene, the Pit Bull escaped from its apartment when its owner, who was unrelated to the original disturbance call, heard some commotion. The dog then allegedly “charged” a cop, who shot it in self-defense. The officer (or possibly another officer) then had to “euthanize” the injured dog by shooting it again, possibly numerous times, according to witness accounts.
The dog’s body was covered in a yellow tarp when we arrived, as Animal Control officers and police continued to investigate the scene.
A neighbor who witnessed the attack told us that he felt the Pit Bull had endangered and scared other residents and children before.
UPDATE 3/3/10 Noon: We just received a response from Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer, who said:
There is an ongoing investigation of this case so I will need to be somewhat brief in my response.
I can tell you the officer was not bitten.
Dog attacks happen occasionally and like any life/safety issue, the Officers are trained to respond to the level of danger using necessary force.
Some of the other questions may be answered in the course of the investigation.
- Chief K
Here are photos we took on the scene shortly after it happened (WARNING: one pic includes visible dog blood):