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Ohio Officer Forced to Shoot K-9 Partner During Attack in Training

September 02, 2018  | 

"Officer Brian Carter was training with his K-9 partner Benzi at the Columbus Division of Police K-9 Office" and was "correcting Benzi's behavior through verbal commands when the K-9 attacked him." Image courtesy of Columbus Division of Police / Twitter.
"Officer Brian Carter was training with his K-9 partner Benzi at the Columbus Division of Police K-9 Office" and was "correcting Benzi's behavior through verbal commands when the K-9 attacked him." Image courtesy of Columbus Division of Police / Twitter.

An Ohio officer shot his police dog after it attacked him, leaving him with serious bite wounds, the Columbus Division of Police said in a written statement.

"Officer Brian Carter was training with his K-9 partner Benzi at the Columbus Division of Police K-9 Office" and was "correcting Benzi's behavior through verbal commands when the K-9 attacked him."

Carter received serious bite wounds to his arms, and was forced to draw his gun and shoot the three-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Malinois.

A tourniquet was applied to Carter's arms and he was transported to a nearby hospital where he is now listed in stable condition.

The department said on Facebook, "Benzi was more than Officer Carter’s K9 partner. He was a member of the Carter family. They are all in our healing prayers during this difficult time."


Comments (4)

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E Kraus @ 9/3/2018 1:55 PM

That had to be tough. I have a K9 and having to shoot him is a terrifying thought, but stuff does happen. Prayers to the officer and everyone involved.

Sgt. Mike @ 9/3/2018 6:52 PM

A real tragedy for Officer Carter, his family and the agency. I hope the healing is complete and rapid.

Jon Retired LEO @ 9/4/2018 7:56 AM

Condolences and prayers to Officer Carter and his family at this very difficult time. A tragic and horrible thing for him to have to do. I can't even begin to imagine his grief. May the dog rest in peace and whatever came over him laid to rest also.

kojack58 @ 9/4/2018 9:57 AM

Officer Carter I am sorry that your partner turned on you. I was a K-9 officer in the military and had two MWD's at different times attack me and one other officer. We were able to control both with extra officers on scene. One attacked his handler and sunk his canines into a hollow aluminum fence pole and broke them off. We muzzled the K-9 started to transport to vet but MWD DIED on the way. His head was transported to University of Florida and they could not determined what happened to him. The one that attacked me could not be controlled and was also put down. It is so hard to do that when you work so hard with them. Get better soon, prayers to your family.

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