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News Release

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Media Relations

Pitbull Escapes and Attacks Officer

Los Angeles: An officer shot and fatally wounded a pitbull when the dog attacked the officers.

On July 6, 2007, at about 6:50 PM, Officer Tom Willers and his partner were serving a search warrant in the 600 block of West 61st Street. The officers were in the backyard when the pitbull, which was being held by his owner, got away and charged at the officers. Officer Willers fired several times with his duty weapon and struck the dog.

The dog died as a result of its injuries.

Officer Willers, 29, has been with the Department for 4 years.

77th Area Detectives are conducting the investigation.