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WPD officer shoots dog that attacked K-9

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington Police officer shot and killed a dog last night while searching for a suspect.

Police say it started when a driver police stopped at about 9:43 p.m. in the 400 block of Evans Street jumped and ran.

A K-9 team came in to help track the suspect. While they were tracking, an unleashed dog witnesses described as a pit bull approached and went nose to nose with the K-9 as the handler tried to pull the K-9 away. Another officer tried unsuccessfully to make the dog back off, but it attacked the K-9, going first for his face and then trying to bite his throat, police say.

A WPD officer shot the uncontrolled dog to stop the attack.

The police department will conduct a routine use of force review on the incident. Police say the driver who jumped and ran is still at large and still under investigation.

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