VIDEO: Fur Missile Self-Deploys, Attacks Random Bystander Near Scene

The Vancouver Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the sudden attack.

Vancouver, WA – A Vancouver Police Department (VPD) K9 has been removed from the field, after it attacked a bystander who was not involved in an arrest the department was making at the time (video below).

The incident occurred near the intersection of Columbia Street and West 13th Street on Sept. 22, KATU reported.

Resident Nathan Lux said he began recording the scene after he noticed some police activity going on outside, KGW reported.

“It seemed like a little stakeout thing and one of the residents here was taken into custody," Lux told the news outlet.

Cell phone footage showed the suspect being placed into a patrol car, then panned over to a second patrol unit parked across the street.

Suddenly, a K9 officer standing outside the second car broke away from its handler, and made a beeline for a pedestrian standing on the other side of the intersection.

“As I was recording all I was hearing is, 'Heel, heel, heel,'" Lux told KGW. “The dog wasn’t listening to any of the commands, whatsoever.”

The K9 leapt into the air, then clamped down on the uninvolved bystander’s sleeve, the video showed.

Two officers raced to the victim’s aid, and the K9 quickly released its grip.

Joe Gold, who also witnessed the attack, said he was glad to know that the victim was expected to recover from his injuries, KGW reported.

“I felt bad for the guy who got bit and I felt bad for the officer who lost control of the dog,” said Gold. “They’ll probably have a lawsuit over this or something.”

The VPD has launched an internal investigation into the incident, and has sidelined the K9 in the interim.

You can watch cell phone footage of the attack in the video below:

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Ooops. More training needed. That stinks.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

First, the dog should be put down because that is what would happen when any other dog does something like this.

Second, i hope the Treasurer is ready to stroke a monumental check.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Let's wait to hear everything. Could the dog have detected something wrong, like a previous arrestee, or threatening moves? In general I trust the dogs more than the people.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Somebody just won the lotto. Albeit the hard way.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

A dog bite victim in Washington must only prove that he or she was lawfully in a private place, or on public land, at the time of the dog attack.

Washington’s main dog bite statute is in Section 16.08.040 of the Revised Code of Washington. This law imposes strict liability on the owner of any dog that bites a person, regardless of any prior knowledge of viciousness or negligence on the owner’s part.

brianslattery
brianslattery

Chaching. This will cost them

navajowinds99
navajowinds99

Can't predict animals no matter how much you train them. You have to watch them closely.

Rj's
Rj's

How interesting your first thought was of the dog and second Money but who got attacked and why were they pointing something like a phone at the scene not a good reason but the dog must of seen some trigger, we need the rest of the story before making a decision.

pat901$aol.com
pat901$aol.com

Happened to a friend; who was a Banker and was attacked by police dog...because he had drug smell on his hands from handling money.!!

JLo1
JLo1

Well there's a law suit against the city and police.

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

The guy wasn't even hurt, good boy had him by the coat sleeve. He'll get the cost of a new coat, that's it. K9 Good Boy just doing his job. Guy looked suspicious.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

K9 should definitely be put down. Victim should be well compensated for all injuries (mental and physical) without the hassle of having to bring a law suit. Might be a good time for Vancouver, WA to terminate its K9 program altogether. They doggums are probably trained to smell legal substances (THC) anyway, which would make them obsolete.

mousegun
mousegun

Dog should be retired, there is no excuse for what happened, especially since he wouldn't disengage on command. I think putting him down is a bit harsh but some people want to jump to that bc they hate the use of police dogs in the first place. Being in a police family and knowing a few police dogs, I will say that proper ongoing training is rare. It's harder than it should be to get most dogs off a bite and that's not okay. Dogs with this training need to be worked daily and from what I know, that doesn't happen and this is the type of thing you get when training is neglected. But yeah, that dude will get paid...

Tool-TBL
Tool-TBL

The dog may have seen something we didn't and mistook it has a threat/weapon, Dog was doing what it wasa trained for when off the leash, protect his handler.

tfort
tfort

The dog needs to go to a good home. The cop needs to be put out to pasture someplace he can no attach innocent people.

I really blame the cops parents, they did not teach this cop respect for his job or even a once of work ethic. He hit the streets with a deadly weapon without taking the time to train properly.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

The police will do an investigation into this and they should. On 1 side the dog disobeyed his handler command and on the other side the dog sensed danger from the man I don't think we will ever know for sure The dog, however, will never be used as a K9 Officer again

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

In both NYPD instances the criminal had a gun and a struggle ensued. Accidents happen, the police are doing their best under extremely difficult circumstances. If you can recognize the statistical increase in LE deaths and suicide under Obama then you must live in a cave. Who are you to say the cops are 'unqualified'? My 'energy' is against criminals who you regard as 'American citizens' and that speaks volumes of your prejudice, Today's violence against law enforcement is a direct result of Obama policies.

Simeron
Simeron

Sigh....sad statement reading most of these comments. Kill the dog...lawsuits....the guy isn't hurt....etc. First...the dog probably sensed something wrong with the guy...be it he is guilty of something or not. He may have had a drug odor about him, seemed do be threatening to the dog....we simply don't know. Second, the fact the dog "self released" is troubling....why was he not on his leash if the suspect was already in custody? Something doesn't seem right here. Every K9 I know of has a very long leash on them until they are being readied to be used. And after the situation is taken care of, they are re-leashed. I think there is far more here than we know. And it could be its time for the dog to retire too.....