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Pittsburgh police officer accidentally shoots fellow lawman in foot during dog attack |

Pittsburgh police officer accidentally shoots fellow lawman in foot during dog attack

Megan Guza
| Friday, March 10, 2017 4:06 p.m

A Pittsburgh police officer accidentally shot his partner in the foot Friday in Hazelwood.

The officer was trying to shoot a dog that was attacking his partner.

The incident happened about 2 p.m. on Tipton Street, according to Public Safety spokeswoman Emily Schaffer.

Two plainclothes detectives were conducting a drug investigation when the dog attacked one of the detectives, Schaffer said.

The officer’s partner fired at the dog. The shot struck the dog as well as the officer’s foot.

The dog ran off but was later found and taken to the vet, Schaffer said. The officer was taken to UPMC Presbyterian where he was treated and released.

Authorities did not identify the officers.

Later, a distraught man who said the dog is a family pet became aggressive with camera operators from several TV stations who were there covering the shooting, at one point slapping a cell phone from the hand of WTAE reporter Bob Hazen.

Police were called to deal with the altercation.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, or via Twitter .

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