Officer shoots dog while responding to call

Officer shoots dog while responding to call
Posted at 3:26 PM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 12:58:50-04

A pit bull was shot and killed by a Boise Police officer as investigators tried to serve an arrest warrant in a south Boise neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.

Around 1:00 p.m. on March 29th, 2016, members of the Boise Police Community Policing Team and a police K-9 unit arrived in the 1600 block of S. Annett Street to serve a $200,000 warrant for Mitchell Ponting.

Police were on scene for 20 minutes asking for the wanted subject to leave the house.

Eventually, two people who were not wanted by the warrant exited the home.

One person was allegedly armed with a handgun but was detained peacefully.

A door was left open to the home and a pit bull ran outside and started to attack the leashed K-9 dog.

Officers apparently pushed the pit bull away but it circled back around and started to attack the K-9 for the second time.

According to BPD, the pit bull had the K-9 by the neck and the handler fired two shots at the pit bull believing that the dog was a danger to officers, the K-9 and people in the neighborhood.

The handler fired two shots at the pit bull and the dog died at the scene.

The second subject at the scene, identified as Nickolas Edmonds, ran toward the pit bull following the shooting but tripped over the K-9 which caused the dog to bite Edmonds.

Edmonds was taken to the hospital for a minor injury and was booked into Ada County Jail on a misdemeanor warrant.

The subject of the original warrant, Ponting, eventually came out of the house and was arrested.

The K-9 unit bit by the pit bull three different times was taken to the vet for care.