Police Shoot Charging Dog

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Police were forced to shoot an unleashed dog that charged at police a week ago Friday. The animal was wounded when an officer shot it in the shoulder and taken to Forest South Animal Hospital.

On Friday, May 1, after being dispatched to the 300 block of Wayne Street in reference to a report of a dog running at large. Upon arrival, police discovered a black and white pit bull dog. The animal aggressively charged at Officer Mannino, while growling and showing its teeth, according to police. Officer Mannino drew his weapon, and the dog stopped charging and began to viciously bark and growl. At this point, police returned to their patrol vehicle and requested that an officer respond with a tranquilizer gun.

As the officers were returning to their vehicle, the dog charged a second time, growling and showing its teeth. While officers were waiting for another unit to respond, the dog ran to the east side of the residence, which backs up to Winnebago Park. The dog then appeared from behind some trees and began to charge at Officer Mannino and Community Service Officer Jachymiak, again growling and showing its teeth as it charged, according to police. At this point, Officer Mannino drew his duty weapon and, when the dog was approximately 10 feet away and was not slowing down, in fear of being bitten and attacked by the dog, Mannino fired one round from his duty weapon, striking the dog in the right shoulder, according to police.

The dog crossed Wayne Street, where he was located in the rear yard of a house with his owner. The owner and three others were attempting to care for the dog by applying pressure to its wound. Police transported the dog to Forest South Animal Hospital. The owner was issued a municipal citation charging a dog running at large.