Sacramento police: Officer shoots at dog outside midtown Safeway

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) -- Sacramento police are investigating after they say one of their officers shot at an "aggressive" dog Wednesday night in midtown Sacramento.

The police department reports the officer opened fire around 6:45 p.m. in front of the Safeway grocery store on 19th and S streets.

Police say an officer was called over by a security guard for a man causing a disturbance outside the store. A press release sent by the police department Thursday reports the officer tried to negotiate with the man, telling him to leave, but the man began arguing and a "physical altercation ensued."

They say a dog with the man then bit the officer on the arm.

The police department says when backup was called in to help, the dog charged at one of the responding officers who fired one round at it.

"The dog was physically attacking one of our officers," said Sacramento Police Sgt. Sabrina Briggs. "Additional officers arrived on scene and saw this and fired a round towards that dog."

Shrapnel from the officer's round hit the man in the face and the security guard in the leg, according to police. Both sustained injuries that were not life-threatening and taken to a local hospital.

The officer who was allegedly bitten by the dog sustained minor injuries.

Bonnie Eisner was inside the Safeway around the time of the shooting and said she watched as a dog ran down one of the aisles. She told FOX40 the animal appeared to be bleeding.

“I went back to see because I was just there and I thought somebody was hurt," Eisner said. "But it was the dog was bleeding all over, very scared and very upset dog.”

On Wednesday night, police said the dog was not injured and taken away by Animal Control. By Thursday, a press release stated a veterinarian found a minor wound on the dog's leg, which is believed to have been caused by a bullet fragment.

The Sacramento Police Department's Homicide Unit is investigating the incident and the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, along with the Office of Public Safety Accountability, are monitoring the investigation. Video and audio with be released from the incident within 30 days.

No charges have been filed against the man who was detained.

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