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.

61mouse
61mouse

We humans are entitled to a bad day, this doesn't apply to K9s ????

Propolice
Propolice

So terribly sad for all involved. RIP Officer Benzi🐾

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

I well remember talking with a K-9 officer one night about his dog and he told me, "I love this dog like he was my child - but if he ever gets you in between a rock and a hard place, you'd better shoot him."

Sergeant PJB
Sergeant PJB

This is why I love this page and you guys. The entire K9 Unit is hurting over this, and if you read the comments on the local "news" outlet pages, as you would expect, every dog expert, police expert, cop hater and basement dweller has another negative opinion. It's not helping the hurt here. So thank you guys for the love and understanding. I know your comments will help Officer Carter, his family, and the K9 Unit.

Danimyl
Danimyl

My heart goes out to Officer Carter and Officer Benzi. That is the equivalent to shooting your best friend.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Wait, does this mean that police K9 units are capable of inflicting serious bodily injury and perhaps even death?

maekg40
maekg40

My heart goes out to the officer and family. That had to be one of the hardest things to do, but he knew he didn't have a choice.........The ones being so harsh and negative just don't understand. Prayers for swift healing for the officer and his family

pixiepup
pixiepup

Very sad and unusual! Prayers for police officer

Mawmawto2boys
Mawmawto2boys

Prayers for Office Carter and his family.. RIP Beautiful Benzi.. Something had to have been wrong for him to have turned on his partner like that, I hope they find out what it was to prevent another K-9 to be infected if he was sick..

BlueLady
BlueLady

Hope an autopsy was done on Benzi, to determine if the behavior was due to a tumor or some other physical reason. That knowledge may help all K9 Officers feel more comfortable about their partners, knowing that Benzi didnt just snap for no reason.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

I am sure it was probably devastating for him to have to shoot Benzi but wonder why the dog attacked him so violently....

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

unfortunately some dogs do that. my wife's dad was attacked by their family dog when she was young, and she still suffers from PTSD from that incident.

Milodog05
Milodog05

This had to be going on for a while that the officer had to make that horrible horrible decision. Obviously he tried everything he could, Once the thought of the tourniquet came into play then you know the officers life was at risk. God bless them both! 💙💔💙

SteveH1975
SteveH1975

Thats absolutely brutal, my heart goes out to Officer Carter, thats one hard call he had to make

sentimentallady2
sentimentallady2

Being in the Medical field for 45 years, now retired as a Nurse, having been around police officers, to include K9 officers, and having many family/friend(s) members in the police force of some type, I'm trying to look at all angles of this sad situation.

As a Nurse, also having my own Dogs to include GSD...I sincerely believe this concerning the demise of this officer's partner, an illness of some type:

Illness

Some illnesses cause dogs to become aggressive. If a dog who has never shown any sign of aggression suddenly begins growling, snapping, or biting, it may be caused by a disease or illness. Pain is a common cause of aggression in dogs. Brain tumors, thyroid disease, and rabies are just a few illnesses that may cause the onset of aggression. Talk to your veterinarian to determine whether a health issue may be the cause of your dog's aggression.

I can only hope that an autopsy was performed on the K9 partner, with the investigation to determine, the cause.

Something was definitely wrong, for the officer to make that decision, on his partner, to protect all, in the future, to include his family.

I didn't intend for my comments to be bad, having also worked with canine highly trained dog(s) of all breeds, my way to relax, as a Nurse trained Critical Care of many areas.

It had to be a quick decision from the officer, due to the injuries to him, at the time, to have made the decision to shoot.

If only many other(s) WOULD understand, and I'm not too sure PETA advocates WOULD understand.

Let's be very grateful it didn't happen, on an actual call, when it could have been much worse, both down.