'Vicious Dog' Shot and Killed by Police in East Wheeling
An emotional scene unfolded in East Wheeling on Wednesday after a dog was shot and killed by a Wheeling Police officer.
The incident occurred in the early afternoon, outside 113-14th Street. Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger tells 7 News that the officer was flagged down by a person who said they were being chased by the dog and said that the dog was aggressive.
The officer shot and killed the black German Shepherd. The dog owners claimed the dog was never aggressive.
Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said the black German Shepherd was deemed a "vicious dog" by the city of Wheeling in April 2013.
The Chief added that the dog was running loose on Tuesday night in east Wheeling, and a male owner received a citation for a "vicious dog at large." Chief Schwertfeger said he plans to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident, which is protocol anytime an officer discharges a weapon during a call.