Ohio officer forced to shoot K9 partner after being attacked

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(WCMH) – A Columbus police officer was injured and forced to shoot his K9 partner Saturday morning.

According to Columbus police, it happened shortly before 9am Saturday at the Columbus Division of Police K9 office at 2609 McKinley Avenue.

Officer Brian Carter was verbally correcting K9 Benzi’s behavior with verbal commands when the dog attacked Officer Carter. Carter suffered serious bites to his arms before firing on the dog.

Carter was taken to Grant Medical Center in stable condition where he underwent surgery.

K9 Benzi was taken to MedVet where he was humanely euthanized.

Officer Carter has been in CPD’s k9 unit since 2008. Benzi is his second K9 partner. Benzi was a 3.5 year old Belgian Malinois. He was with the department for two years.

CPD recognized Carter and Benzi on social media back in March when the pair helped catch a burglary suspect in the campus area.

According to police, this is the first time a Columbus Police K9 officer has shot a K9 partner.

PRIDE of CPD: We’re giving a much deserved SHOUT OUT to K9 Officer Brian Carter & his partner Benzi-also-Officers Jeff Ward, Jason Jeffries & Matt Rees. Benzi caught @OhioState campus area burglar 25yo Jyron Smith@2:16am 3/16 after he broke into an E. 14th Ave home.#CPD#teamwork pic.twitter.com/SmtIBa4Ym4— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) March 16, 2018

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