The Springdale Police Department released body camera footage Wednesday showing the scene of a Dec. 13 dog attack which prompted an officer to shoot two animals.
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It was a delivery man who called 911 after seeing the attack take place. He told the dispatcher they needed to hurry and that the victim was covered in blood and could not get away from one of the dogs.
The footage shows Officer Michael DiStefano responding to the call and meeting with the delivery man outside. The man tells him one dog is attacking, but the other dog is not. DiStefano then goes into the building and calls out to anyone inside.
“Hurry!” said 62-year-old Lawrence King, who was being attacked in an office inside the building.
DiStefano makes his way to the office and fires multiple times, apparently shooting at least one of the dogs. The position of the dogs cannot be seen in the footage when DiStefano fires.
King tells the officer that he was shot in the knee. DiStefano approaches the second dog, which is still on top King, and fires multiple rounds at the dog’s head.
“They’re both dead. I shot them both. The two dogs are both dead,” Distefano says into his radio communicator.
King is the co-owner of Tri-County Golf Ranch where the attack took place. In the footage, he is covered in blood on a couch in the office, as loose golf clubs litter the floor.
He asks DiStefano to please help him. Out of breath, he tells him he may pass out. DiStefano applied tourniquets on King’s arm and leg, and then a paramedic crew arrived to help.
DiStefano told the medics immediately that King had a gunshot wound in addition to the wounds from the dog attack. The original press release from Springdale police stated that paramedics discovered the gunshot wound.
King was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and survived the attack.
Officials said the dogs were both owned by King’s business partner. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has been requested to investigate the incident. On Wednesday, the agency had not released the results of that investigation.