Police officer shoots suspect's dog during chase

Michael Christopher Miller (Source: LMDC)
Michael Christopher Miller (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville Metro Police officer shot a suspect's dog when it attacked him and another officer after a police chase.

Around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, an officer tried to make a traffic stop at Justan Avenue and Cristland Road near Iroquois Park, but the driver wouldn't pull over, according to investigators. Instead, the motorist drove several more blocks, pulled into the driveway of his home on Cristland, and tried to run away on foot.

"I see the guy running down the pathway and three cops chase after him," described neighbor Brandy Sabie.

Police chased 44-year-old Michael Miller into his backyard, where investigators say the pit bull bit two officers involved. One of the officers shot and killed the dog.

Two officers were treated at the hospital and releases.

Dwight Mitchell, a LMPD spokesperson, said Miller is facing more than a dozen charges including DUI, fleeing and evading police, and assault third degree of a police officer.

Miller has bruises and bandages on his face in his mug shot.

"He fought the officers before he got there and then tried to take their weapon as well," said Mitchell. "I would think in this particular case they did what they needed to do."

Mitchell said Miller used the dog as a weapon and that officers have the right to use force when someone's life is in danger.

"The officers felt like their lives could have been in danger as a result, or it could have been someone else in this particular situation," said Mitchell. "Officers at that point, according to our policy, have the right to subdue the animal and that's what happened."

A neighbor tells WAVE 3 the animal tried to attack her grand-baby once.

"I'm very afraid of him," said neighbor Barbara Bache of the dog.

Miller is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday.

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