Police Shoot 2 Pit Bulls

By Edgar Linares, Newsradio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A pit bull is dead and one is missing after police say the dogs came after them aggressively.

It all started near 33rd and Emerson Avenue in the north side on Wednesday evening.

“There was a report that two pit bulls had bitten a person on the hand,” said Minneapolis Police Sgt. Bill Palmer.

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An officer and a sergeant responded to the call. When they arrived the dogs were nowhere to be found. They then searched the area and found the dogs in an alley two blocks away 45 minutes later.

“When they encountered the two dogs, the dogs attempted to attack the officers,” explained Palmer. “The officers felt they were going to be bitten. Both the officer and the Sergeant were forced to protect themselves.”

The officers fired multiple rounds hitting both dogs.

“One of the two pit bulls was killed at the scene. The other one ran after being shot. We did not find that dog,” said Palmer.

The owner of the dogs is still unknown.

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  • linda

    Glad it was two officers who the dogs attempted to attack because they took care of the problem & now we won’t have to worry about the ignorant owners trying to say the dogs are so good & they want them back. MAYBE OWNER SHOULD BE FINED TOO.

    • Clarence Watson

      God Bless You man, I agree with 100%, and Happy New Year to you too!

    • SARAH A

      So the people that I expect to protect myself and my community cannot even defend themselves to an aggressive animal without using their gun? Brilliant. And if it took them 45 minutes to find the dogs in a local alley, why hadn’t they called their local animal services… you know, people trained to deal with these circumstances. Then these poor animals would have at least had a 50/50 shot at a life IF and ONLY IF they werent deemed too aggressive by PROFESSIONALS. Who knows what those owners did to those dogs, and then who knows how fearful they were of police?? C’mon people have a heart.

      • JJWilly

        Sarah A – Maybe you should have been in the alley standing in front of the officers when they encountered these 2 animals. Your view on this may be a little bit different.

  • mark from mntaxwaste.com

    Could you find the owner and put a bullet in him because of the way he trained these dogs!

  • trh

    When will these dogs be outlawed

    • amber

      It’s not the dog it is the owners. An animal is an animal and they can turn at any time no matter what kind or the breed. It is when you have owners that train their pets to kill rather then protect.

      • JackieM

        but dogs are bred for certain things and it is in their blood.

  • Terrance

    When will idiots be outlawed?

    • Outlaw Terrance

      When will Terrance be outlawed?

    • JamieinMN

      Agreed. It’s the owners. I encountered a very aggressive BLACK LAB last weekend. A dam labrador.

  • mayhem


    • deano34

      how bout we shoot u



  • cat clinic

    Hey, Swamp, shooting a little girl’s beloved pet cat is just cruel. And, cats (not aggresive) help keep the rodent pop under control. Grow up!

  • P.R.

    People Find out what happened before you start firing off live rounds in the city is it that serious… I would like to think that the Police have better things to do then to go around shooting the local dogs. FYI even the little dogs bite wake up people it’s almost 2011!!!

  • mud

    lets ban all dogs and cats they could be all dangers when can we let the stupid people die by Darwinism

  • Montana

    It is NOT the breed that is the problem. My brother has a pitbull named Lily, and she is the sweetest, most loyal and gentle dog that I have ever seen. My little yorkie is more aggressive than she is. And why? Because Lily has been with my brother and his family (which includes a year old baby) since she was born; and has been trained in a loving household.
    The reason so many pitbulls in this city are aggressive, is because of the way their owner’s treat them. They just want these poor animals for street cred, and they treat them horribly-making them angry and extremely scared of humans.
    Those people are the ones who should be outlawed.

  • Leah

    You are ignorant.

  • Ignorance is NOT bliss

    To Mayhem: So, my dog should be shot because she is a pitt bull? She has never been aggressive towards a person, plays with children between the ages of 3 to 12 years on a daily basis, and goes to the airport dog park often without any issues with other dogs. No, it is not the breed that should be blamed for this type of behavior, it is the owner. I have own many different breeds of dogs including the breeds that are branded aggressive, menacing, or mean and never had any type of behavioral issues.

  • Think Clearly

    Hey P.R. – There is a pack of 5 pitbills in your yard right now. They are looking for protection from the police. Quick, let them in your house. Hurry, the police might be right around the corner. Hurry! Let those 5 pitbulls in your house now for protection!!!

    • Ignorance must be bliss

      Think Clearly
      Dumbest comment I have ever read on any editorial page. Thank you for bringing down the intelligence level of this conversation. I would hate for people to be informed by someone who knows what they are talking about. Everyone who has read this comment has now lost a few IQ points, good show.

  • Tiffany Carson

    I happen to have to pit bulls that are thew most gentle creatures you will ever meet. Pit bulls are a more aggressive breed but at the same time you have to not train them to be mean. These digs are around my two very young children all day everyday but my dogs were raised to be good dogs. It is unfortunate for people like me who have nice dogs to hear this because most are against pit bulls but i would get another one.

  • lib

    You need to be licensed to have exotic dangerous animals, perhaps that is a solution for pit bulls and other aggressive breeds?

  • Valentina Heath

    Shoot owners, not dogs
    thanx Valentina

  • john


  • Tiffany is ignorant

    Make sure you keep your nice pitbulls locked up inside with your children. Because “when” they get out and attack someone “Tiffany Carson will be held responsible”. Not the nice pitbulls. Keep thinking with your emotions… it changes reality for you.

  • Wee

    Just about every owner of one of these dogs, owns one for protection and to feel like a badass and untouchable because of their violent dog.
    There is the exception to the rule and yes it’s all how the owner trains them.
    I say euthanize these dogs and throw the owners in jail for a while when they do attack. They will think twice about owning a Pitbull again.

    • mikey mike

      any breed of dog will attack if it feels threatendnot jus pitbulls,its jus like some pitbulls are more aggresive than usuall jus like some labs ,some reteivers,some sheperds,you people are iggnorant and jus dont know dogs,so jus keep your mouth shut

  • Ignorance must be bliss

    All of you that say that the breed should be destroyed are just stupid, ignorant people. Why are you all not destroyed then? Have to love when people talk just to hear themselves speak.

  • Valentina Heath

    I don’t have pitbulls but I think the dogs shows what you are….

  • True pitbull story

    Years ago I was delivering something to a home and when I got out of the car I noticed many pitbulls watching me from down the street. I barely made it back into my car as they all attacked for no reason. As I was backing up my car to leave I heard these popping noises. Later at home I looked at my tires and saw slice marks on the sides of both front tires. The popping noises I heard as I started backing up my car must have been the pitbulls teeth popping off my tires as they were trying to bite through my tires. Lucky they only ruined my tires. I agree with what is said here about these stupid pitbull owners. They were not Labradors, german shepards, collies, great danes or poodles. They were PIT BULLS. Why do you suppose they are called PIT BULLS? There should be a law that if your PIT BULL gets loose and bites someone you go to prison, no exceptions. Then people will have to weight the cost of owning a vicious pitbull. Because that is what they are when they get loose. Vicious to everyone, including the police.

  • Lindsey

    I’ve been bitten by the family Rotweiler(he was put down) and I don’t think the breed matters, at least not 100%. I think bad training, or in our case LACK OF TRAINING is the real issue. So many pet owners fail to train their pets, I think being a pet owner should involve a rigorous background check, home visit and all.
    And no, animals should not be shot at random(which I realize wasn’t the case in this story), innocent until proven guilty people! They’re only here because HUMANS bred them.

    • Steve

      Are you kidding? background check , home visit to own a pet! My god your a idoit

  • Mplscitizen

    Behind every pitbull is a dirtball who claims his or her dog is sweet and docile.

    • Ignorance must be bliss

      Behind every idiot is a lot of stupid ignorant comments about things that they know nothing about. You put all this energy into 2 dogs that bit someone on the hand when the story right nxt to this 1 is a boy who killed 2 people and not 1 comment on that story. Hope you do not have any kids, and if you do,,, please let someone else teach them.

  • john

    MR. true pitbull story…. your LAW… is redicuolus,. and straigh up retarted, what have u been smoking, thats like the equvilant of saying all parents should go to prison for ther underage children doing something horrible, your retarted, straight up man

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