A Richmond cop shot and critically injured a police dog after being bitten in the parking lot of department headquarters Tuesday morning, police said.
The incident occurred at 6:50 a.m. as the police officer, who was not the dog’s handler, went into a gated area and secured part of the parking lot at 1701 Regatta Blvd., police Capt. Mark Gagan said.
The dog, which somehow got out of its patrol vehicle, bit the officer, who wasn’t in uniform and was on his way to work. The officer who suffered serious injuries to his hand and wrist, was forced to shoot the dog, Gagan said.
The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment while the dog was taken to a veterinarian.
The incident remains under investigation, Gagan said.
” The biggest focus was how was [the police dog] able to get out of the patrol vehicle,” the police captain said.