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Video: Idaho Officer Praised for Less-Lethal Approach as Two Dogs Charge

June 14, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Idaho Officer Praised for Less-Lethal Approach as Two Dogs Charge

A police officer is being praised for keeping his gun holstered after two vicious dogs roaming an Idaho neighborhood charged him, reports WXIN.

Body camera footage shows Meridian police officer David Gomez standing his ground as the canines, one foaming at the mouth, run directly at him.

Gomez can be heard warning bystanders as he readies his nonlethal tools — a baton and pepper spray. Not only does he prevent an attack, but he manages to usher the snarling animals into a patrol car without incident.

Video of Officer Gomez is getting positive attention online after Edith Williams, of an organization called Nonlethal Canine Encounters, shared it on Facebook.

The Meridian, ID, police force sent two officers to a Defensive Tactics Canine Encounters course in 2014, Williams said, which taught the use of confidence and "less lethal means" in situations involving the public and loose dogs. The tactics Gomez used were the same taught in the course, according to Williams.

The owner was later cited for having vicious dogs at large.

Comments (5)

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Marti of All K9s @ 6/14/2016 5:00 PM


John retired IA PD @ 6/14/2016 9:48 PM

Job well done officer Gomez.

Will @ 6/15/2016 6:31 AM

So.......... the "cops are too violent" folks "praise" him for not pulling his gun. If the dogs had mauled him, he would have been lambasted by the same cop haters for being so stupid. The vicious dogs can now be returned to their irresponsible owner so they can get loose again and attack a child. That's right.....keep this crap up so the police second guess their every move and we can all act shocked we more of them are killed.

EODK9Trainer @ 6/16/2016 1:05 PM

Dog lover and long time K9 handler and now trainer. While this one worked out well I hate to see what injuries the officer would have sustained had the dogs persisted in their attack? I've had a few loos dogs come at me in my LE career and I never had to shoot any but I've also seen officers retired on disability from serious dog bites. Kind of a double edged sword here.

EDITH WILLIAMS @ 9/5/2016 8:26 AM

Thank you so much for sharing my story and video of Meridian Police Department. Meridian PD will be hosting a class on less lethal canine encounters for regional LEAs next month and has also been recognized by the DOJ with an invitation to this month's best practices forum in D.C.

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