KPD Officer Shoots Attacking Pit Bull

Knoxville (WVLT) -- A Knoxville Police officer is receiving treatment for injuries suffered when he was attacked by a dog this morning.

Officials say it happened when Officers James Hunley and Scott Coffey were investigating an early morning hit and run call at 11:40 on Chicamauga Avenue.

When they arrived, Officer Hunley was attacked by a Pit Bull.

The dog bit him, but Hunley was able to break free.

Police officials then say the dog tried to attack officer Coffey, but he was able to shoot and kill it.

Officer Hunley's injuries were not serious.

"That's not right," said Marty Allison, a neighbor. "I admit that the boy did wrong, whatever he did, but they shouldn't have shot the dog. It was in his own yard, and he was on a lead. They should not have shot the dog."

Officials say a report will be filed to ensure the officers acted appropriately.

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  • by Kim Location: Sevierville on Sep 1, 2007 at 08:29 AM
    I wonder why they started out with deadly force, in all my training you would start out with a baton,or pepper spray, or maybe even a tazer,maybe retreat and evaluate the situation,I am a dog owner and my dogs are in a fenced back yard,and they are not mean, but if you jumped the fence they might bite, because thats there space, I'm sorry the officer got bit,but I think they were in the wrong, sometimes in law enforcement you have to put yourself in the other persons shoes, how would the officer feel if it were there dog,do you think if a police dog got loose from its handler,and went on someone else's property and scared them, that should kill it, I don't think so,someone would be in big trouble,it really bothers me that police officers go for there gun first, were they really in fear of there life, because in my opinion that's the only time you use deadly force, the sad thing is this happens with people too, its scares the hell out of me to even think of getting pulled over,
  • by Mary Location: Strawberry Plains on Aug 30, 2007 at 07:56 PM
    I am furious that they shot the dog!!!! Some things can be avoided...there were multiple signs "Beware of DOG" the dog was in its own yard and on a lead was not running free. The dog reacted accordingly. It doesn't know the difference in a policeman or a thief. The thief probably would have not been bitten as he noticed the signs and saw the dog and its reach. If a policeman goes down a one way street going the wrong direction and hits a car is it the other car that is at fault or is it the responsibility of the policeman?? hmmm If a sign says HOT DO NOT TOUCH and you touch it do you not expect to be burned??? Or go to the zoo and go into the cages of the lions, the tigers, and the bears "Oh MY" wonder if you will be attacked?? When the signs say do not stick your hands feet or head in the enclosure. And to site them for unsanitary conditions and for not having the rabies tag on the dog??? Did I hear that right?? Shame....maybe the owner will pursue further...I would.
  • by Delecia Burdette Location: Knoxville on Aug 30, 2007 at 06:28 PM
    The blame for the dead of the dog was not the police! Chances are they would not have been there at that address had it not been for the irrsponsible man who hit and run. He is to blame, he needs to grow up and take responsibility for his actions.


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