I’ll chalk this up to a training issue one two fronts.
- Officers are allowed to be more “gun free” than they once were.
- Officers are not very well trained with their guns in most departments.
In this instance, a deputy serving an eviction notice saw a dog bark at him as he came onto the fenced-in property (as almost any dog will) and he responded by attempting to draw his gun and shoot the dog.
A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized Wednesday after accidentally shooting himself in the leg when a large dog approached him at a Riverside home.
A Riverside County sheriff’s spokesperson said the deputy was serving court documents to a resident in the 3000 block of Eucalyptus Avenue at about 2 p.m. when a dog came at him aggressively.
Even after he was downed by his own shot, the dog never attacked the officer. As the dog was on it’s own property, didn’t attack the deputy, and was, well simply being a dog, no charges are going to be filed against the dog or its owner (who was not the target of the eviction notice).
Hopefully, the deputy will learn for this bit of karma and the next time he encounters a barking dog, he will take a moment to see if a dog is actually a threat before attempting to kill it.