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Michigan police officer hit by ricocheting bullet when partner shoots dog

Harper's Woods officer hit by ricocheting bullet
Harper's Woods officer hit by ricocheting bullet
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A Michigan police officer is recovering after being shot in what's being called a 'freak accident' involving a pit bull, The Detroit News reported August 17.

Two Harper Woods police officers were trying to corral two loose pit bulls Sunday morning around 8:30 a.m. Near Harper Avenue and Parkcrest Drive in Harper's Woods, an eastside suburb of Detroit in Wayne County.

According to a statement by the Harper Woods Public Safety Department, one of the officers was being 'charged,' and fearing for his safety, the officer fired his weapon at the dog.

The bullet hit the pit bull in the head and shattered, with a fragment bouncing off the sidewalk and striking a fellow officer in his arm.

The injured officer was taken to St. John Hospital in Detroit, where he was treated and released.

The dogs were taken to a Harper Woods veterinarian. Their condition is unknown.

The public safety department is investigating the shooting. The names of the officers involved haven't been made public.

This isn't the first time an officer has been injured while firing his weapon at a dog. In late July 2014, an Examiner article told of how Clifton, New Jersery officer was injured when he accidentally shot his hand.

In May 2013, a Chicago Police Department officer was injured when his partner shot him in the thigh while attempting to shoot a dog. Click here for that story.

It's fortunate no innocent bystanders were injured, as was the case in July 2013 when 10-year-old Dakota Corbitt of Douglas, Georgia was accidentally shot by a Coffee County Sheriff's deputy as the deputy attempted to shoot a dog..

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