A Lakewood police officer was uninjured – and a dog he was forced to shoot is expected to make a full recovery – following an incident that occurred Wednesday.
According to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Lakewood police were attempting to locate a male wanted by Manchester police for a violation of a final restraining order and stalking at a sober living facility adjacent to All Saints Episcopal Church in Lakewood.
In the process of trying to locate the male, at about 5 p.m., a Lakewood police officer encountered what was described as an aggressive pit bull that ran towards the officer. The officer discharged his weapon and wounded the dog, the prosecutor’s office said.
The dog was transported by Lakewood EMS to a local veterinary hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. The officer was not harmed.
The suspect has not been apprehended and the investigation is ongoing.