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A German shepherd, who was being walked by a man in St. Petersburg, Fla., was shot and killed by a police officer who was making an arrest, reported Friday's My Fox Tampa Bay.

The shooting took place in Williams park, late Thursday night, when St. Petersburg police officers were in the process of arresting a man for trespassing.

According to the report, the suspect, 21-year-old Kenneth McNeal, resisted the arrest, struggling with the officers and then dropping the leash to the dog; at that point, the dog allegedly turned on the officers who were making the arrest.

According to The Tampa Tribune, Officer Steven L. Laurenzi, 28, shot at the dog "several" times; the dog was killed.

McNeal was arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest - he claimed that the dog who was killed belonged to a friend, but acquaintances said that is not true, the dog was his.

The details surrounding the fatal shooting are being investigated.

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