Police lapel cam shows dog attack

Posted at: 02/26/2013 10:25 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Albuquerque Police Department released lapel camera video to KOB Eyewitness News 4 showing an officer shooting a dog that was about to attack.

The incident happened Friday when APD officers responded to a call about three dogs that had attacked a Shar Pei mix.  The situation had spiraled out of control forcing the owner of the Shar Pei to hit one of the other dogs in the head with a machete.

“I tried to the best of my ability to not to have those animals hurt, but at the same time I didn't want mine hurt either,” said Roy Webb, the owner of the Shar Pei.

When APD officers arrived, the dogs were loose.  The lapel camera video shows two dogs charging at the officers until one officer fires his gun, hitting the dog.

Some criticized the officer’s decision to shoot the dog, but an APD spokeswoman said the officer had no choice.

“I think anyone watching this video at home could put themselves in the officers shoes and imagine what it would be like to have less than a second to respond to very aggressive dogs charging you with intent to attack,” said APD Officer Tasia Martinez.

Webb and his Shar Pei are trying to move on from the ordeal. Meanwhile, the police officer who shot the dog will be under a standard review, which is normal protocol anytime an officer discharges a weapon.