MPD officer suffers self-inflicted gunshot fending off pitbull

Injuries are non-life-threatening, dog killed in shooting

MOBILE, AL (WKRG) - A Mobile Police Officer has been released from the hospital after suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound that came while fending off a dog. 

According to Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste, officers were serving a drug-related warrant to a home in the area of Oak Street and St. Madar Street when they were attacked by pitbulls.  An officer fired one shot, killing a dog and passing through to strike him in the lower left leg.

"The officer is stable," said Public Safety Director James Barber to News 5's Devon Walsh.  "The officer was executing a live drug search warrant... he encountered some pitbulls."

The shooting occurred around 11:00am Friday in the neighborhood right off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.  The officer was rushed to nearby USA Medical Center soon after, where he was treated and released.

In video obtained by News 5 from the scene of the shooting, the officer was seen hobbling towards an ambulance with the help of fellow officers.  The injured officer, who is not being identified due to his possible undercover work with Mobile police, was seen with an injury to the lower leg.

The warrants were part of Operation Winter Storm, aimed at getting drugs and drug dealers off the streets of Mobile.  11 suspects, including three specific targets, were arrested on felony warrants.





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