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An FCPD officer deployed deadly force against a dog around 12:30 p.m. on June 25.

Officers initially responded to Green Spring Gardens located at 4601 Green Spring Road for a report of two dogs running loose. Police say one of the dogs was reported to have bitten two park visitors prior to officers’ arrival. Officers located the dogs and attempted to contain them. According to the officer, one of the dogs advanced aggressively and the officer fired one round striking the dog in its leg. The dog ran off and ultimately returned home. The dog was taken to a local veterinary hospital with what was believed to be a non-life threatening injury. The owner then elected to have the dog euthanized.

A criminal investigation is underway of all aspects of this event.

The involved officer is a 13-year veteran of the Fairfax County Police Department and is assigned to the Mason District Station. The officer has been cross-trained to supplement the Animal Protection Police.

Police say Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. has directed the FCPD Internal Affairs Bureau to conduct an administrative investigation in accordance with policy, along with an independent review by the Police Auditor. The name of the officer will be released by Chief Roessler within 10 days.

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