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Davie Officer Opens Fire on Dog, Accidentally Shoots Himself

The officer was hit in the hand and expected to be okay, officials said

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A Davie police officer who opened fire on a dog and accidentally shot himself was hospitalized early Friday, officials said.

The incident occurred at the Rexmere Community on Southwest 116th Way near Southwest 12th Place around 2 a.m.

Lieutenant Mark Leone of the Davie Police Department said the officer suffered from an accidental gunshot wound to the hand when he attempted to shoot at a dog that charged at him.

"When the police officer got to the front door of the residence, the family pet, happens to be a female Boxer named Bella, ran right past them and went towards the officer. The officer was in fear, drew his firearm and fired one shot towards the animal that was charging at him," Leone said. "While this was happening, his other hand, his non-shooting hand, had gotten in the way of his muzzle and he did sustain a gunshot wound to his hand."

The officer had been on the scene handling a non-criminal incident. He is now recovering from non-life-threatening injuries, and the dog was grazed by the bullet and is doing fine, according to Leone.

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