Police release body camera video of officer shooting dog in West Price Hill

Video released of officer shooting dog

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - The body camera video of an officer who shot a 2-year-old pit bull in March was released Friday.

Officers were responding to a residential alarm in West Price Hill when a 2-year-old pit bull named Jackson was accidentally let out.

An officer, who owns a K9 dog and owns pit bulls, opened fire at the dog who was running toward him.

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“This dog is in a full charge. The officer doesn’t have time to see what the dog’s going to do,” said Sgt. Dan Hils, FOP President. “Now, this is a pit bull, not to have pit bull bias, but we know most of the dog bites we get around town now involve pit bulls.”

The officer says he did not want to shoot the dog.

“It just seems things happened so fast. Just looking at the video I can’t blame the officer he did what he had to do,” said dog owner, James Ludwig.

Police did clear the officer of any wrongdoing.

“He had to do what he had to do. I would have expected him to do that. He did sound like he was being aggressive not the happy dog that we have,” said Ludwig.

After $13,000 in surgeries, the dog is doing well.

"I don’t fault the owners for having questions but the questions are answered. This is without doubt, without any question, and authorized use of the firearm, " said Sgt. Hils.

Ludwig says he has no ill toward the officer that shot the dog.

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