Memphis policeman aiming shotgun at dog shoots, critically wounds fellow officer (Associated Press)
Monday November 12th, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A Memphis officer aiming at an attacking dog accidentally hit and critically wounded a fellow policeman with a shotgun blast while they were searching a home, officials said Friday.
Officer Willie Bryant, 32, was in critical but stable condition at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis on Friday, police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said. Bryant was in intensive care after undergoing surgery on Thursday, Rudolph said.
Bryant, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, and other officers forced their way in to a north Memphis home while executing a high-risk warrant Thursday when the dog came at them. The officer, whose name wasn't released, tried to shoot the dog, but missed and shot Bryant in the back, Rudolph said.
Bryant is part of a multi-jurisdictional gang unit task force that was serving a drug-related warrant at the home. Two men inside the home were arrested and charged with possessing a handgun during attempted commission of a felony, and possessing crack cocaine and marijuana with intent to sell.
[...]Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said the decision to shoot the dog, described as a pit bull breed, was made in a split-second. He laid the blame for the shooting not at the officer, but at those inside the home.