Officer Forced To Shoot K9 Partner After Sudden Attack

Columbus Police Officer Brian Carter was forced to shoot his partner, K9 Benzi, on Saturday.

Columbus, OH A Columbus police officer was forced to fatally shoot his K9 partner on Saturday, after the police dog attacked the officer and latched onto his arm, the department said.

The incident occurred at 8:58 a.m., as Columbus Police Officer Brian Carter was training at the police K9 office with his partner, K9 Benzi, the agency said in a press release.

Officer Carter was correcting Benzis behavior through verbal commands when the K9 attacked him, the statement read.

Officer Carter, a 10-year veteran of the departments K9 unit, was forced to shoot his partner during the attack, and was left with serious bites to his arms, police said.

A tourniquet had to be used to slow the officers bleeding, and he was listed in stable condition at Grant Hospital following surgery.

K9 Benzi was transported to a local veterinary hospital, where he was humanely euthanized.

Benzi was more than Officer Carters K9 partner, the Columbus Police Department tweeted. He was a member of the Carter family. They are all in our healing prayers during this difficult time.

The three-year-old Belgian Malinois had been with the department for two years.

In March, K9 Benzi and Officer Carter were hailed in a much deserved shout out by the department, after they helped apprehend a burglar at the Ohio State University campus.

K9 Benzi was Officer Carters second K9 partner.

Columbus Police K9 Unit Supervisor Sergeant Mark Cartwright said this incident marked the first occasion where a Columbus officer shot his K9 partner.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, police said.

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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Oh, my sympathy to poor Officer Carter. How heartbreaking his decision was and still is as he is even still today searching for an answer that may never come as to why this happened.

mistydcollins
mistydcollins

This is incredibly tragic. I'm certain Officer Carter's decision was extremely difficult. I'm so sorry this happened. My Bel Mal, Stein Bockenheim, was my love! RIP K9 Officer Benzi. :(

TangoTango
TangoTango

Oh, my good Heavens!!!! My heart goes out to K-9 Officer Carter and his dear family!!!! To be correcting your K-9 Partner, only to have YOUR K-9 Partner snap and attack YOU and REFUSE TO STOP and discontinue the attack is heart wrenching!!!!

To receive an accidental bite is one thing, but to bite and tear your arm during training is UNACCEPTABLE!!!! Officer Carter did the ONLY ACCEPTABLE thing he could do!!! To have to shoot your family dog and K-9 Partner is completely heartbreaking!!!! However, theres no way he could take K-9 Benzi home to his family after this event, as K-9 Benzi could never again be trusted around family or another K-9 Officer!!!

The answers about why this happened may never be found! My heart aches and my prayers go out for Officer Carter and his family!!! I wish Officer Carter a speedy recovery!!! I hope if they find anything to explain K-9 Benzis behavior, they will post an additional story, telli g us the details!!!!

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

If K-9 Benzi attacked his own partner what are the odds that he would have attacked the officers family too....It's a sad situation and I feel bad for Officer Carter and yes, for Benzi too.

Patmandy
Patmandy

How terrible for both officers! I am sure Officer Carter had no choice and yet he must hurt in his heart as well as in the bite.