MIAMI (WSVN) - A police officer was forced to fire after responding to a call about a dog that, witnesses said, attacked at least three people in Miami’s Brickell section, fatally striking the animal, officials said.
City of Miami Police responded to the scene in the area of Southeast Ninth Street and Brickell Bay Drive, at around 2:35 p.m., Sunday.
Witness Michael Dever said he was walking behind the dog and its owners when he saw it attack one person.
“As another gentleman was walking next to them, the dog attacked the gentleman, and he wouldn’t let go,” he said. “People jumped in trying to help, and eventually the dog let loose and he attacked another person, [bit] her ankle, and then he attacked another person, so the dog was wild.”
Officers responded to the scene shortly after, and investigators said one officer discharged their firearm, hitting the canine.
The dog did not survive the gunshot.
Officers shut down the intersection for hours while they investigated. 7News cameras captured an active scene, as the area remained cordoned off with crime scene tape.
It remains unclear how many people were attacked by the dog, as well as the extent of their injuries.
The incident remains under investigation.
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