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VIDEO: PD Bodycam Shows Struggle with Shoplifter’s Dog before Shooting

The Sacramento (California) Police Department released body camera footage Saturday of a shooting that happened outside a Safeway on December 18.

A security guard, a man and an “aggressive” dog were injured by shrapnel after a Sacramento police officer fired his weapon at the animal outside the Safeway store. The body camera video was released 10 days after the incident. (Warning, the video contains graphic language.)

Police said a man was causing a disturbance and refused to leave the property at 19th and S streets in midtown. The videos show the officers confronting a man and asking him to leave. One officer tells the man he has 10 minutes to leave the property, and the confrontation lasts around five minutes before police begin to detain the man.

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The footage then shows officers trying to handcuff the man, and the man is heard repeatedly telling his dog to sit. As the struggle escalates, the dog is heard barking in the background and an officer is heard saying, “It’s already tried to bite me” before a gunshot is fired and the dog is seen running away.

Police said the dog became aggressive and bit the officer on the arm. The officer is then seen running over to a wounded security guard and attending to his leg injury.

“Fearing for his safety, that officer discharged his firearm at the dog,” a news release from Sacramento police said. The bullet struck the ground and fragmented, hitting the security guard in the leg and the man in the face. Both were hospitalized and are expected to survive, police said. The dog’s condition is unknown. The investigation is still active and more details will be released as it continues, police said… KCRA3 News

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