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Lakewood Police Officer Forced to Shoot ‘Aggressive’ Pit Bull While Seeking Suspect

The Lakewood, N.J. police shield.

The Lakewood, N.J. police shield.

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.

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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.