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California Officer Shoots Himself Trying to Kill Pit Bull

A California police officer is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the leg while trying to fire his gun at a pit bull that he says was threatening his life. But, when a local television station arrived on scene, they found a much smaller dog than described, peacefully playing with children.

The officer was serving an eviction notice around 2:00pm last Wednesday when he says a “large dog came at him aggressively.”

However, the dog’s owner and this NBC4 News video tell a different story…

The officer was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries as a result of shooting himself. The dog was not shot or harmed. Animal Control Services did not take the dog, named Precious, into custody as it was determined that neither she or her owner did anything wrong.

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61 Comments

61 Comments

  1. Natasha

    Dec 30, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Serves that total dickhead right! The dog did nothing wrong, he deserved to have been shot for what he tried to do to that poor dog. Pit Bulls are NOT nasty dogs AT ALL. Their temperament depends far more on their upbringing than the breed.

  2. Iris Owens

    Dec 27, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I think they should get these gun-happy police off the street and give them a desk job. Some of the sweetest, gentlest dogs I’ve ever know have been pit bulls. Maybe if the police officer had a brain he would have checked with the owner of the house before going charging through their back garden. The dog was only protecting his property.

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  4. Henry

    May 3, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Pit bull owners have deviant minds. I don’t associate with them. Trash.

    • Henry

      May 3, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Hopefully the police officer is alright and the next officer will find his mark.

      • Cindy

        May 28, 2015 at 10:44 am

        You are a moron, just like the cop. The dog did nothing wrong. I think we need to shot people who punish others without just cause. I say this is justice served.

  5. Andy Joiner

    Apr 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    It is unfortunate that so many people hate pits because they are simply either ignorant or just so stupid they believe everything the media blathers at them.

  6. Andy Joiner

    Apr 27, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    My pits are kept inside or in the back yard within an 8 foot privacy fence, electric wires, and kennels. If someone comes onto my property shooting my dogs I consider them shooting at family. I don’t care if it is a cop – I am shooting back and shooting to kill.

    • Max

      Jun 5, 2015 at 6:36 am

      I feel the same way …,,heaven help anybody who hurts my dogs …..i hope they believe in god because theyre fixing to meet him …..

  7. Cynthia Mattera

    Apr 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    What a dope! Sweet friendly dog, did nothing to the cop, but he tries to kill him. So happy he shot himself in the leg. Too many cops now a days getting away with murdering people pets!!!

    What comes around goes around!!

  8. Pamela Harzman

    Apr 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I’m so tired of people trying to blame pit bulls for everything people are the problem not pit bulls

    • Ann

      Apr 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Sadly, animals are abused all over the place and bad people are everywhere. How is it that bad people use pit bulls to dog fight but not golden retrievers?

    • Erin

      Apr 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Agree 100%. People are blaming the wrong end of the leash…

  9. Ann

    Apr 22, 2014 at 9:58 am

    The officer had every right to go onto the property. He was serving an eviction notice! It also makes sense that he shot a barking pit bull running towards him. What would you do? Drop to your knees and say, “Oh, come here schmoopie and give me a big wet kiss!” When was the last time you read about a beagle mauling and killing someone? It’s almost always a bull who attacks, mauls and kills. Give me a break. All of you should be ashamed of yourselves for laughing that a police officer was hurt just for doing his job.

    • matt

      Apr 22, 2014 at 10:35 am

      You’re an idiot. Don’t most dogs bark and run towards people. If he can’t handle a dog, how will he handle a 200+ lb inebriated man? seriously, you’re a silly person.

      • Ann

        Apr 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

        No Matt, you are the idiot. My point was the officer probably wouldn’t have shot a barking beagle running towards him. To further prove you are an idiot, you compared a 200 pound drunk to a pit bull. When was the last time you heard about a 200 pound drunk guy attacking a jogger unprovoked or mauling a small child?

        • Phil

          Apr 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm

          No Ann,

          You’re just wrong.

          Go home, you’re drunk.

          • Ann

            Apr 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm

            And you Phil are living in la la land. You should adopt a pit bull. I hear they make great pets. Bye.

        • ariana butterman

          Apr 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm

          I agree completly with Matt. My grand daughter’s best friend is a pit bull named Tesla whp’s afraid of bubble wrap!

          • Erin

            Apr 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm

            hahah my family used to have a German Shepherd who was afraid of balloons and butterflies! Too funny 😉

        • Erin

          Apr 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm

          I understand the officer was scared of the dog because a lot of people are scared of dogs or so-called “aggressive” breeds. However, you’re clearly believing the (incorrect) propaganda surrounding pit bulls and k-9 aggression. It is unfair to callously label a certain breed as “aggressive”. Larger dog breeds just happen to have more potential to cause damage than small breeds. Most incidents involving dogs stem from improper training and harsh ownership. PEOPLE train dogs to be aggressive. They are not like that by nature. And to answer your question about why pit bulls vs. golden retrievers…. goldens don’t have the right body type for dog fighting, nor do they look intimidating. There are plenty of little, tiny dogs that bite people and are extremely aggressive, but people just aren’t afraid of them because they’re small.. The reason you hear about large breed dogs biting so much more often than small dogs is because those are the incidents that people actually report. That doesn’t mean small dogs don’t bite. Oh, and I don’t know where you live, but I’ve heard of plenty of cases of grown men mauling small children. It’s called physical child abuse.

          • Erin

            Apr 22, 2014 at 2:15 pm

            You’re being sarcastic about pit bulls being great pets, but they actually are one of the friendliest, happiest breeds by nature. Check your facts before you comment.

          • Melly

            Apr 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm

            And attacking a jogger unprovoked? Ha. As a small female, I assure you that I am far more afraid of 200-pound men when I’m jogging alone than I am of pit bulls! Or I would be afraid, if I didn’t have my pit bull jogging buddy with me.

        • Courtney

          Apr 26, 2014 at 2:52 am

          Actually, Ann, I’d have to say you’re the idiot here. Pitbulls do make great pets, my sister has one. She’s actually friendlier than my Australian Shepherd, which are supposed to be great family dogs. He actually does bark and run towards people, so Matt makes a great point. You also probably shouldn’t go into the whole “drunk vs. pitbull” debate, because I can assure you there are probably way more statistics to prove that drunks are far more dangerous than pitbulls. I’d like to see you stand up to an extremely aggressive drunk, especially one within reaching distance of a weapon of some sort. Bet you’ll change your mind pretty quickly.

          • April

            Aug 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm

            Courtney, you are so correct! I volunteer with a rescue and normally have several dogs out of my house with my foster dogs and fofster failures. Out of the foster failures, two are beautiful Pit Bulls and I have to say with one of my Pits being 115 lbs and the other 75 lbs, you should be more afraid of my Yorkie that is 3 lbs. And Melly, you are so right also! I don’t think that there is a safer feeling than walking my Pits around the lake! Not much makes me feel safer! So sad that some people do not truely take the time to educate themselves.

    • samantha

      Apr 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      You’re ignorance and blind prejudice against an entire breed is just sad. Maybe one day you’ll learn not to stereotype and judge an entire breed(or race,because let’s face it, you’re probably racist too if you follow stereo types) just because there are some bad ones out there

    • Stephanie

      Apr 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      The dog was doing his job. The officer needs to be Fired, retrained or some psych counseling he definitely has some fear issues. What if he would have shot one of those kids?

      The dog did nothing wrong and we can all see how vicious Precious is running around with the kids all over her.

    • Stephanie

      Apr 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Please watch the video or read the story, the dog was NOT running up on the officer. What if the officer had shot one of those kids that was in the yard instead of himself? He’s a danger to everyone and should be fired or off the streets.

    • sue

      Apr 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Ann, I think the bigger problem is you defending a police officer who accidentally shoots himself in the line of duty. What? A bank robber? Let me shoot myself! What? A car jacking? Let me shoot myself!
      Trying to defend pit bull mixed breed dogs with high knowledge people like you is like trying to nail jello to a tree.

    • Deb Woodley

      Apr 23, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Maybe the cowardly jerk will think twice before pulling his gun unnecessarily the next time! You would probably still be defending him if he had accidentally shot one of the children… People like you make me sick. You automatically defend someone in a uniform, no matter how stupid, cruel, inept or just plain WRONG they are! If he is that much of a coward, to “fear for his life” because the family dog is barking at him, how can he effectively do his job as a cop? I certainly wouldn’t want to have to depend on him, lol!!

  10. Helen Rose

    Apr 22, 2014 at 7:57 am

    O’ Happy day!!!
    So happy the dog is safe and the cop got what was coming to him.

    • Labrador Landing

      Apr 22, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Not happy that the dumb ass officer shot himself. However, he had NO right going onto someones property for no apparent reason, and No right to shoot at a dog that was simply protecting his property. So basically, he got what he deserved.

      • Ann

        Apr 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

        He had every right to be on the property. He was serving an eviction notice, which the property owner requested!

        • Deb Woodley

          Apr 23, 2014 at 9:59 pm

          Even if he had a legal right to be on the property, how stupid is he, to just walk into a FENCED yard, without checking to see WHY it is fenced? Dumbass. The tenant showed sympathy for him because he was in pain… I think it was a good lesson for him. I’ll save my sympathy for the next little kid whose pet is murdered by some gunhappy dimwit.

  11. Spelling Nazi

    Apr 22, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Can’t anyone spell on here? Every other post has errors! I had to smh and quit reading. What? No one finishes 6th grade anymore? These errors are elementary. Proofreading your messages, people! OMG it’s embarrassing to see this as an American who went to a public school!

    • Lisa

      Apr 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      SMH & OMG are NOT words. They are not even legit abbreviations. This is an opinion post not a vocabulary test. Get a life, and leave people alone !!

    • Victor

      Apr 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Too true my friend. It’s not that hard to learn the difference between: * to, too and two. * Where, We’re and were. * and even their and there.

    • Deb Woodley

      Apr 23, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      LOL!! In today’s schools, you can finish college and still not learn to spell! I’m sympathetic to your peeve, SN, but really, it’s the thought that counts on these forums… relax, give your OCD a rest, lol.

    • Courtney

      Apr 26, 2014 at 2:55 am

      You probably shouldn’t be bitching. The fact that you typed “smh” was bad enough, but “Proofreading your messages, people!”? That is incorrect.

  12. debra reece simons

    Apr 22, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Good. I think it is time these police take the time to intelligently ascertain the situation instead of going off half cocked and killing an animal that is not a danger to anyone. it makes me sick. how about carrying a stun gun or anything other than a lethal weapon for our dogs? and teaching cops that all big dogs are not dangerous. it is a knee jerk decision that rarely is merited . I have seen too many videos of innocent dogs being shot by police and there is NO excuse at all for it.

  13. Norma Benitez

    Apr 22, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Why do they have to exaggerate when they know it’s a pit. It happened to me the sheriffs came n they peppered sprayed my pit n my boxer. They insist that my boxer is also a pit. my pit didn’t deserve this because he’s very nice, all he does is wag his tail. It didn’t affect my dogs as much as it affected me with the sneezing, coughing, soar throat n emotionally.

  14. prayingmom1960

    Apr 21, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Serves the officer right! I would be checking on the mental status of that officer. I have very little respect for law enforcement.

  15. Kathy LOPEZ Kathy Lopez

    Apr 21, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I can understand the officer being squard of a pit bull, I have to say, but I have to laugh sooooooo hard for him shooting himself. Sorry I cannot stop laughing. Too many people breed bad characteristics for fighting, or they protect there family, but a trained officer shooting himself? Priceless! Leave this family alone. What a stupid diot!!!! BAAAAA HAAAAAA HEEEEHEEEEE!!!!!!! You should be trained to understand dogs! BAAAAAA HAAAAAAA HEEEEE HEEEEE SORRY STILL CANT STOP LAUGHING!

  16. Esther

    Apr 21, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Got just what he deserved… Idiot!!!

  17. dEBBIE

    Apr 21, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    WAY TO GO BARNEY FIFE! LMAO

  18. Bob Glass

    Apr 21, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    After getting over the initial shock of what this mindless police offer did, I can’t help but laugh at his sheer incompetence. I mean literally laugh lol
    Not only did he get what he deserved by shooting himself. He’s made himself a laughing stock, from both those who are for and against.
    If only Precious could laugh, she would’ve been doubled up at the antics of this moron.
    I just can’t stop laughing. LOL

  19. babygemini77

    Apr 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Don’t feel sorry for the officer at all!! Time and time again police abuse their authority..this is another perfect example of that!! This time it didn’t work out in the officers favor…to bad!!! I hope to hell he is fired…not that it will make a difference…their are a thousand more ignorant officers to carry on all the dirty sh*t they do everyday!!!!

  20. Valerie Landau

    Apr 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Cop got what he deserved. Fire him. Who knows what cop is really up too!!! I sure wouldn’t want to be pulled over by him. Their the ones you need to beware of.

  21. MoGilb

    Apr 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    It is sad when someone legally carries a gun and panics when a
    dog – on his own turf – approaches the cop and the cop, obviously
    not trained to shoot very well (fortunately for the dog)endangers himself and
    other folks in the area by drawing his weapon and fires it!
    Then, when the “spokesperson” told the TV Newsperson that the cop
    was “attacked” by the dog and had to draw his weapon! BULLSHIT!
    The witnesses disputed that statement!!

  22. Deanna

    Apr 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    That was really irresponsible of the cop…I guess we should take guns
    away from all of them. (sarcastically said)

  23. MabelLou Brown

    Apr 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    As soon as the name Pit Bull comes into their minds, they think “Killer”…and that is not true. Some fantastic dogs are Pit Bulls, and some “Killers” are other kinds…just look and believe that Pits are just like any other dog, animal, or person for that matter. If they have been mistreated, they MAY mistreat, but if they have been loved, they WILL love!

  24. Meredith

    Apr 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Karma. How sweet it is. What goes around comes around.

    • Joyce

      Apr 21, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Too bad for the cop!! Great for the innocent dog, whose only sin was being born a pit bull. Lucky for the idiot cop that a kid didn’t take the shot; wonder what his excuse would have been then? “I FELT THREATENED”. BooHoo.

  25. Bonnie

    Apr 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    cant help but say this…Good…..how do you like it asshole….the dog cant shoot you because you are threatening..so I think it is really great that you shot yourself…hope it hurts like hell…and stay away from that dog…shoot a sweet dog like that…jackass….
    You deserve what you got and now should be brought up on charges….

  26. Becky Wurzel

    Apr 21, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    The officer should face charges!!

  27. Jean Barnes

    Apr 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Yeah, that is a realllly dangerous dog — the same dangerous dog that’s playing with those kids. Was Barney Fife going to just shoot the dog inside its fence? How many other ‘dangerous’ dogs has Barney Fife murdered?

  28. Jacke

    Apr 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Como Diz o Ditado Atirou No Próprio Pé.Otário Mereceu.
    Isso Se Chama Justiça Divina Deus Não Desempara Os Animais Indefesos !

  29. Natalie roantree

    Apr 21, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Hahahahahahahahaha to many coppers who have thre law on there side go around killing people and innocent dogs who they always say r dangerous dogs or pitt bulls easy cop out glad this dog got saved shame the copper didnt hit himself in the gonads instead of his leg ,, so happy the dog was not harmed ;)))))

  30. tara

    Apr 21, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Sick and tired of the assaults on the breeds that get put into “pit bull” category. Good for the idiot! The breeds get a bad rap instead of the small minded idiots running around with badges and guns.

    • Mary Woerner

      Apr 21, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      So there were people there to witness this, cop is a liar, pass this around so many pittys getting killed because of chicken shit cops who think their above the law because they carry guns, u know u can sign a complaint against this jackass. KARMA’S A BITCH!!!!!

      • Jannina Archila

        Apr 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

        YES IT IS

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