BROOMFIELD, Colo. - A Broomfield police sergeant had to shoot and kill a dog that bit him and another woman as they tried to help the dog's owner, the department says.
The 83-year-old man was walking the Staffordshire Terrier along the 1900 block of Dover Street around 9:35 a.m. when he collapsed. A witness, a 67-year-old woman, called 911 and went to try to help the man.
"As she did, the dog the man was walking charged her and bit her on the arm," police wrote in a press release.
Two minutes later, the sergeant arrived on scene and also tried to help the 83-year-old.
"As the sergeant did this, the dog attacked and bit him on his upper leg. The dog, refusing to release, was shot by the sergeant," police wrote.
While the dog did release its grip, police say the sergeant fired a second shot when the dog tried to bite again. The dog was killed.
Police say the 83-year-old was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.
Both the woman and the sergeant were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in a private vehicle. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
"Per department standard protocol, this incident is being thoroughly investigated by Broomfield Police Department Investigations Division, along with the department's Crime Scene Investigations Unit," police wrote. "The findings will be presented to the chief of Police for a determination whether any procedural or training needs are identified."