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Bulldog Attacks Owner While on Walk in Mesa, Then Runs Away After Being Shot by Officer

An American bulldog attacked its owner violently while the two were on a walk last night in Mesa, police say, then ran away after taking a bullet from a cop's gun.

Just before 7:30 p.m., neighbors in the area of 11300 block of East Contessa saw the large, brown-and-white dog turn on the 22-year-old man, "apparently unprovoked," according to a write-up by Detective Steve Berry. The man suffered puncture wounds to his thigh, wrist and abdomen.

See also: Samkeith Jurden and His Dog Both Bit Cops Inside a Target Store; Only the Dog Got Shot

The victim was getting treated by paramedics when Officer Justin Brooks showed up.

He noticed that the dog was still nearby and that a firefighter had been assigned to make sure the dog didn't "reengage its owner" or rescuers.

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Acting aggressively, the dog "lunged" at Officer Brooks. He shot it once in the chest. The bulldog ran away, leaving a blood trail.

While the victim went to the hospital, officers on the ground and in a helicopter conducted an "extensive" search of the surrounding neighborhood. The dog wasn't found.

Detective Berry says that, as in another recent case in which an officer shot and killed a dog, the action was necessary to make sure no one else got "chewed up."

Berry's referring to a very different dog incident at a Mesa Target store back in September. In that case, a man named Samkeith Jurden walked into the store wearing only a swimsuit and black socks and accompanied by his unleashed pit bull. Both Jurden and his dog bit police before the dog was shot.

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