Dog shot by TPD officer after attack

TAMPA, Fla. - A Tampa Police school resource officer shot a dog Thursday that attacked a 14-year-old boy and cornered a group of high school students.

The incident occurred about 7:45 a.m. in the area of Mango Avenue West and Grady Avenue, according to Tampa Police Department.

The dog bit one person, identified as Alen Velic

Another person, Michelle Bennett, drove by and saw what was happening. She stopped and grabbed a rake, fending off the dog so a group of Robinson High School students could escape from the animal in a nearby fenced yard.

Robinson High School Resource Officer Willie Lucas was the first on scene and saw the dog had cornered the children. When the officer got out of his car, the dog charged him. Lucas then shot the dog.

The animal survived and was taken by the Hillsborough County Animal Services.

According to TPD, the dog broke free from a chain in a nearby yard.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.

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