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August 16, 2017

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Metro conducting internal investigation into dog shooting

Dog shot, killed

A Metro Police sergeant continues his work on the force pending an investigation into his fatal shooting of a dog Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The dog’s death came amid a gunfire investigation in the 100 block of South 16th Street, police said. The sergeant, identified as 42-year-old William Wilson, heard yelling or moaning in a backyard after a gunshot, police said.

Wilson had been investigating a disturbance call shortly before 2 p.m. on nearby Earl Street when he heard the gunshot, police said.

Wilson entered the backyard to investigate and a “large pit-bull type dog” ran toward him, prompting the sergeant to fire one round from his handgun, police said. The bullet struck and killed the dog.

No one else was in the backyard, police said. Authorities, however, recovered a shell casing of a caliber that did not match the single shot fired by Wilson.

Wilson, who has worked for Metro since March 1997, remains on full duty in the Downtown Area Command pending the outcome of an internal review, police said.

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