Clarkston Police officer shoots pit bull who allegedly charged him

CLARKSTON, WA - A dog was shot Tuesday afternoon by a Clarkston Police Officer.

It was around 4:30 and Noah Ward said he was over at his friend's house watching TV.

"Kilo was sitting in the doorway and he started barking and I was like Kilo, no and I started whistling at him," said Ward.

Little did Ward know, Kilo, his friend's pit bull, was about to get caught in the middle of an arrest.

"I heard them shooting and I saw them shooting at Kilo," said Ward.

The Clarkston Police Department started chasing Jeremy Page at Albertson's to arrest him on a felony warrant. Page lives in the trailer behind Teena Winker whose son is close with Ward. When Page reached Teena's property, Kilo started barking at officers who were closing in on Page.

"When the detective got out of his car and approached the trailer, a dog came out of the house on that property and charged him," said Clarkston Police Chief Joel Hastings.

Clarkston Chief of Police Joel Hastings said Kilo got within two to three feet of the officer.

"The dog put the officer in a position where if he didn't act, he would have likely been injured," said Hastings.

"They shot four shots and one went into one of his legs, so he's going to have to get that amputated because they shattered it, " said Ward.

Kilo's owner Teena Winker didn't want to speak on camera, however she did say they've never had any problems with Kilo attacking any people. Chief of Police Joel Hastings said his reports show in 2009, Kilo was quarantined for attacking neighboring dogs.

Animal Control Officer Dan Combs said if Kilo is deemed a vicious animal, they'll have to abide by Clarkston City ordinances.

"To attack unprovoked or cause injury or otherwise endanger the safety of other animals or human beings," said Combs. "If they don't go through all the stuff to deem it licensed they're not allowed to keep it in the city."

"Everybody loves Kilo," said Ward. "If you don't know the dog, he'll get a piece of your heart because he's just an awesome dog."

Clarkston Police Chief Joel Hastings said this is the first time in ten years the Clarkston Police Department has shot a dog.

Hastings said city prosecutors turned the case over to Asotin County Prosecutor Ben Nichols this afternoon so an outside agency can make the charging decisions involving Kilo.