While responding to a domestic disturbance call last month, Plantation police officer Brian Radziwon shot and killed a German Shepherd that allegedly attacked him as his owner stood by and did nothing.
Radziwon was dispatched to a house in the 900 block of Country Club Circle shortly before 12:30 p.m. Jan. 13. When he arrived at the house, the dog was in the front yard, unleashed.
According to a police report, the dog approached Radziwon as he stood by his police cruiser. Radziwon began shouting "Get him back. Get him back!" to the dog's owner, Carmen Gonzalez, who was standing nearby. Gonzalez did nothing to stop the dog.
The German Shepherd lunged at Radziwon and bit his left leg, just below the knee.
"I felt pain in my knee," Radziwon wrote in the report.
The officer says he continued yelling at the dog, "Get away," but the animal remained in attack mode. Then, Radziwon drew his gun and shot the dog twice.
The dog ran a few steps, then collapsed.
Radziwon says the dog's teeth "damaged my pants and left three scratches on my left leg." He drove himself to Plantation General Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Broward County Animal Control issued Gonzalez a citation for the animal bite.