Vancouver, WA – A Vancouver Police Department (VPD) K9 has been removed from the field, after it attacked a bystander who was not involved in an arrest the department was making at the time (video below).
The incident occurred near the intersection of Columbia Street and West 13th Street on Sept. 22, KATU reported.
Resident Nathan Lux said he began recording the scene after he noticed some police activity going on outside, KGW reported.
“It seemed like a little stakeout thing and one of the residents here was taken into custody,” Lux told the news outlet.
Cell phone footage showed the suspect being placed into a patrol car, then panned over to a second patrol unit parked across the street.
Suddenly, a K9 officer standing outside the second car broke away from its handler, and made a beeline for a pedestrian standing on the other side of the intersection.
“As I was recording all I was hearing is, ‘Heel, heel, heel,'” Lux told KGW. “The dog wasn’t listening to any of the commands, whatsoever.”
The K9 leapt into the air, then clamped down on the uninvolved bystander’s sleeve, the video showed.
Two officers raced to the victim’s aid, and the K9 quickly released its grip.
Joe Gold, who also witnessed the attack, said he was glad to know that the victim was expected to recover from his injuries, KGW reported.
“I felt bad for the guy who got bit and I felt bad for the officer who lost control of the dog,” said Gold. “They’ll probably have a lawsuit over this or something.”
The VPD has launched an internal investigation into the incident, and has sidelined the K9 in the interim.
You can watch cell phone footage of the attack in the video below: