Dog shot during house search

Loaded gun, two spears found at the premises

A police officer shot a pit bull dog that later had to be put down after the animal ran toward the officer while he and colleagues from the police and customs searched a home in which a loaded gun was found.

Police said the Joint Task Force, supported by officers of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Tactical Firearms Unit, executed a search warrant at an address in the Bodden Road area of George Town on Friday. During the search, they recovered a loaded handgun and two spears.

A man and woman at the location were taken into custody. The woman was bailed, and the man, age 54 of George Town, remained in custody Friday on suspicion of possession of an unlicensed firearm.

While executing the search warrant, the pit bull “aggressively ran towards one of the officers as if to attack. As it approached, the officer shot the dog once, wounding it,” police said in a statement.

A veterinary doctor was immediately contacted to attend the location and the dog was taken by the vet for medical treatment, but later had to be put down.

Police said the matter has been referred to the office of the Ombudsman.

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