DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Harrowing moments in an otherwise quiet Decatur neighborhood ended with gunfire. Decatur Police called to a home because of a vicious dog this morning. When they arrived, the animal seemed calm enough, but suddenly it attacked and police were forced to shoot.
Wanda Garner was walking to her sisters house when up the street a dog began to bark and move in her direction.
“I was trying to get up the street and he ran me onto the people’s porch right here and was barking and I called the police to come out,” Garner told WHNT News 19.
Paul Whisman says the dog had been in the neighborhood for several days but says he doesn’t know where it came from.
“Yeah, we were playing with it yesterday, petting it yesterday like it was no big deal, just come up on the porch and tried to come up in the house. We took it outside and no bark, no growl, no nothing, so we were like ok, cool, it’s a cool dog,” Whisman said.
By the time police arrived, the dog was calm and being petted, but suddenly things changed.
“And the dog was out here, came across the street and letting them pet him and when I got ready to leave, he tried to attack the guy and the police ended up shooting him and killing him,” Garner said.
A single shot brought the animal down. Whisman says he was shaken but not injured.
“I was telling the cop if it was me and it was someone else and if I’d had a gun, I’d have shot the dog, too,” Whisman said.
Animal control officers say they had received several calls about strays in the area and had been trying to find the dog. Everyone seemed relieved the animal was stopped before anyone got hurt.
The incident took place near the intersection of Second Street and Third Avenue on Decatur’s Southwest side. The officer who reacted and stopped the animal is a two-year veteran of the department.