Off-Duty Officer Protects Man During Dog Attack

By  //  October 8, 2014

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SHARPES, FLORIDA — On Wednesday, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an emergency call regarding an animal attack on Harvey Way, between Williams Point and Canaveral Groves.

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office responded Thursday at 3 p.m. to the East End of Judge Fran Jamison Way and Lake Andrews Drive in Viera in response to a report of a suspicious incident relating to student on a bus in who was believed to have a knife.

According to BCSO Public Information Officer David Jacobs, deputies determined that a 38-year-old man was in his yard with his dog when three dogs entered his yard and attacked his dog. As the man attempted to protect his dog from the attack, the animals turned and began attacking him. During the attack, an off-duty Cocoa Police Officer intervened to protect the victim by opening fire hitting and killing 2 of the three aggressive dogs.

The third animal fled and has not yet been located.

The victim sustained dog bite injuries and has been transported for medical treatment. The victim’s dog was transported to an emergency animal clinic for treatment of wounds sustained during the attack. Brevard County Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers are on scene and are investigating the incident. The owner of the aggressive dogs has been located and is cooperating with the investigation.

The names of the victim and rescuing Cocoa Police Officer are not being released at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Brevard County Animal Services at 321-633-2024, or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential; callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.