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UPDATED Officer injured, police dog killed during burglary call

Submitted by on 1, December 17, 2009 – 5:04 pm3 Comments

12Alameda Police are now saying the man they arrested today for allegedly burglarizing a Coast Guard Recruiting Center had phoned in the crime himself in an effort to commit suicide-by-cop.

The man’s plans were foiled after a police canine attacked an officer, causing the officer to shoot the animal. The shots apparently caught Douglas Wayne Kirk’s attention, bringing the 56-year-old suspect out of the center with his arms full of stolen items.

Alameda Police Lt. Bill Scott said Kirk – who had been reported as a missing person from Utah and who had a rap sheet that included arrests for armed robbery and assaulting police officers – shouted at officers that they had shot the wrong person and that they should instead shoot him.

“Based on the totality of the investigation to date, we believe the suspect made a conscious decision to call the police to respond to the scene where he purposefully challenged the police to respond with deadly force,” Scott said.

Scott said Kirk challenged the officers who attempted to arrest him, and a struggle ensued. Kirk was treated at Alameda Hospital for a broken arm, scrapes and bruises and released. Scott said Kirk gave officers a partial statement and was then transported to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on burglary and felony vandalism charges.

The officer who received the dog bites, a two-year veteran of the Alameda force, received puncture wounds to her left bicep. She was treated at Highland Hospital and released.

Scott said it was unclear why Billy, the 5 1/2-year-old, 50-pound Belgian Malinois, attacked the officer. He said the officer shot Billy after the dog’s handler was unable to get the dog to release her arm. The dog had worked for the department for three years and had been certified with his current handler in September. Scott said Billy had three bites during his career, though he could not say whether the dog had bit suspects or others.

He said that the department is conducting an administrative review of the incident and that as part of the review, the department’s canines will not be released for patrol operations.

Three officers responded to the initial burglary call, and Scott said they have been offered counseling in connection with the incident.


  • Barbara Thomas says:

    A 50 pound dog? Go to http://www.germanshepherdk9.com to see how a well trained sport dog is trained and handled. They are ferocious, but not deadly. If well trained and handled, the obey their handlers. Something wrong with certification process with that handler. Maybe the dogs are catching on to Alameda’s rep.

  • Miriam says:

    I can think of no clearer evidence about the viability of Alameda Hospital than that the police officer was taken to Highland for a dog bite while the suspect was taken to Alameda Hospital.

    “The officer, whom police would not identify, suffered puncture wounds on her left bicep, Alameda police Lt. Bill Scott said. She was taken to Highland Hospital for treatment.”

    As a single woman who owns a modest condo in southshore, I certainly could have put the thousands of dollars of hospital parcel taxes to better use.

    I feel sorry for the poor police dog and the police dog that died earlier this year. Perhaps APD should contract out police dog services to an agency with more experience and resources.



  • Neal_J says:

    “…after the dog’s handler was unable to get the dog to release her arm”

    So, less than a year ago, one handler left his dog to die in a hot car and now another handler is unable to get her dog to release a suspect?

    Just a thought but as part of their “administrative review” perhaps APD might want to increase the training/competency of its dog handlers?

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