A woman whose son was killed in a double homicide Wednesday was shot in the leg when police fired at her dog during an incident at a home near the homicide scene Thursday afternoon.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters that at least three officers responded to a home in the 4400 block of Taft Avenue at the request of the Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services, as social workers tried to remove a 1-year-old from the home. Officers also were in the area investigating a double homicide that occurred in front of the home about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, he said.
When the social workers and at least one officer made their way into the home, a pit bull jumped a waist-high barricade that was keeping it confined to the kitchen and ran toward the officer and the social workers, Dotson told reporters.
The officer then fired one shot at the dog fearing it would attack him or the social workers, but struck a woman in the leg who was trying to contain the dog, he said.