MARION, OH (WMCH) – A Marion County Sheriff’s Office detective is recovering in a local hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the foot.
It happened during a drug raid in the 300-block of Farming Street around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Sheriff Tim Bailey said the detective is in good spirits and is expected to make a full recovery. He said his officer was defending himself after two dogs attacked him.
“One of my detectives had previously been in this house on another occasion and had seen these dogs in the house, these two pit bulls and they were not aggressive,” said Sheriff Bailey.
He said Thursday morning was different. As the Drug Task Force was entering a suspected crack house to execute a search warrant, the same detective spotted two dogs and bypassed them. Shortly after, they attacked him.
“They backed him into the corner, jumped on him,” said Sheriff Bailey. “At that time he took his rifle and he fired down hitting one of the dogs and the round went through the dog and actually went into his foot and out the side of his foot.”
He said after firing two rounds, one dog was killed. No one else was injured.
“He was transported to a local hospital. He’s in good spirits. He’s a little bit embarrassed as you can imagine, but I expect him to be back to work maybe on light duty initially,” said Sheriff Bailey.
He said officers are trained on how to deal with aggressive animals, but this isn’t the first time an officer has been attacked on the job.
“You don’t know if someone in there’s going to have a gun or any kind of weapon and the animals, they’re a problem,” said Sheriff Bailey.
He said he plans on speaking to other local law enforcement agencies to see if there’s a better way to handle animals during investigations like this one. He expects at least one if not more people will be charged from the drug raid investigation.
The Marion Police Department is investigating the shooting.