Naperville officer shoots dog that reportedly chased children and charged at cop


A Naperville police officer on Wednesday shot and wounded a Rottweiler after the dog allegedly chased children arriving home from school and then turned on the officer, a police official said.

The dog was shot in the leg after it and another Rottweiler apparently got away from their home and began running on the streets of a neighborhood on the city’s far southwest side, police Cmdr. Ken Parcel confirmed.

No one was injured in the incident, he said.

Parcel said police were sent to the 5000 block of Christa Drive about 2:45 p.m. following “reports of two dogs running loose, chasing children as they got off the school bus.” Christa Drive is southeast of 111th Street and Normantown Road, and not far from Crone Middle School.

A police officer shortly thereafter saw “two dogs running toward Naperville firefighter-paramedics who were in the area on an unrelated call,” Parcel wrote in a release. The officer shouted at the firefighters, telling them to return to their vehicle, “at which time the dogs turned in the direction of the officer and began to charge at him,” Parcel said.

“Fearing for his safety, and believing he would be unable to retreat without being attacked, the officer fired his weapon at the dogs, grazing one in the leg,” Parcel said. The dogs then ran off, and were found a short time later at their owner’s home, he said.

The dogs are owned by Karen Wells, 50, who lives in the 4100 block of Callery Road. Parcel said Wells was charged under a city of Naperville ordinance with allowing dogs to run at large.

She could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

Wells took the wounded Rottweiler to a local animal hospital for treatment, Parcel said.

Parcel said the incident remains under investigation.

It was not immediately clear where the dogs were staying Wednesday evening.

wbird@tribpub.com



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