JSO officers fire shots at dogs in Sandalwood neighborhood

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A neighborhood in Sandalwood off Atlantic Boulevard found their quiet Sunday afternoon changed when dogs confronted two police officers and shots were fired.

It happened in the 10700 block of Indies Court North. The officers, according to their report, where following up on a hit and run investigation. Their leads took them to a neighborhood where three dogs described by the officers as aggressive threatened them.

"We just come inside," said Marina Campos when asked how she reacted after hearing gunfire. Some residents say they heard as many as six shots.

Two of the shots ended up hitting a car tire with another striking the front of a home. No one was injured.

The three dogs, one of which was described as an aggressive pit bull, greeted the officers as they started their investigation.

Dwight Leonard, who owns of the dogs and was caring for the other two for a friend, says the dogs are not aggressive. Leonard says he was not home at the time, but is caring for his dog that he says was hit in the ear and on the paw. None of the dogs were seriously injured.

Leonard says the dogs were being lead from the house to the back yard that is fenced when the officers arrived. He said what followed was one of the dogs taking off with another following.

"They opened fire," said Leonard who believes the officers over reacted.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the actions of the officers are being reviewed like any case involving use of force.


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