A Richmond police officer shot a department police dog when the dog attacked and bit him Tuesday morning, a police sergeant said.
The incident happened in a secured area of the Richmond Police Department parking lot at 1701 Regatta Blvd. between 6:45 and 7 a.m., police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.
The dog bit the officer, and in defending himself, the officer opened fire on the dog, Abetkov said. The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment.
The dog survived the gunshot and was taken to a veterinarian with critical injuries, Abetkov said.