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Dog attack victim and dog shot by police

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KENOSHA, Wis. (WISN)  —A Kenosha woman suffered a gunshot wound during a dog attack incident Wednesday afternoon.

Kenosha police officials said a 16-month-old bulldog attacked two women and a police officer. Witnesses said the dog wouldn’t back down and latched onto one of the women.

The officer tried to pull the dog off and when it wouldn’t let go, he used his Taser. When several attempts didn’t work, the officer fatally shot the dog.

The bullet went through the dog and struck the woman in the foot, authorities said.

“I’m still kind of in shock. However it happened, it’s unfortunate whatever triggered it,” said the dog’s owner, Shawn Lievense.

He said he wasn’t home at the time but that his landscaper accidentally left the gate open and the dog ran out. Lievense said his 12-year-old son tried to get the dog before it snapped.

“My son is pretty messed up right now,” Lievense said. “He’s having a hard time.”

The incident happened in Jamie Hagen’s front yard. Hagen said his wife ran out after hearing screams for help.

“The dog wasn't letting go. It was just latched onto her thigh and she was shaking and screaming and maybe after four times of getting shot with a Taser, the officers just shot it,” Hagen said.

Lievense said the family pet never acted out before. He said he’s upset the dog is dead but glad no one was injured.

“My son was standing there like 2 feet away, so when I got home, blood was all over his shirt,” Lievense said. “He had blood all over his face. It was messed up.”

The injured woman is in the hospital and will have surgery Wednesday night.

Because the woman was shot, the case is considered an officer-involved shooting and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the officer. The department will decide Thursday if charges are warranted.

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