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Cop Shoots Dog Attacking Him, Owner With Knife Comes At Cop And Gets Shot Too

Reading, MI – A man who was angry that his dog was killed by police was also fatally shot when he confronted the police officer while holding a knife.

Oscar Herrera, 32, was fatally shot April 28 by a Hillsdale County Sheriff’s deputy, according to The Detroit News.

The police were called to a residence at about 7:45 p.m. on a “dog-at-large” complaint.

The deputy was attacked by the dog and bitten when he made contact at the residence, according to the Michigan State Police. The deputy then fatally shot the dog who was attacking him.

Herrera became upset and confronted the deputy while armed with a knife, according to the Michigan State Police.
The deputy then shot Herrera who died at the scene, according to The Detroit News.

Police recovered the knife and the deputy went to the hospital to be treated for the dog bite, The Detroit News reported.

Herrera had a history of prior arrests. He was arrested in early March when police responded to his home for a “shots fired” complaint, according to the Hillsdale Daily News.

At that time, Herrera was allegedly intoxicated and upset and fired several rounds into the woods that were behind his house. Herrera was also heard yelling by his neighbors. A total of seven Michigan State Police troopers, two sheriff’s deputies and the Reading Police Department responded to that 911 call.

Herrera was also arrested on a similar allegation in 2018, according to the Hillsdale Daily News.

The name of the deputy was not released but Michigan State Police did say he had more than seven years of experience in law enforcement. The deputy was placed on administrative leave, according to MLive.

Michigan State Police is investigating the shooting, according to The Detroit News. They will submit their findings to the Hillsdale County Prosecutor’s Office to be reviewed.

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Tom Gantert

Tom Gantert graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Tom started in the newspaper business in 1983. He has worked at the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Ann Arbor News (Michigan), Vineland Daily-Journal (Michigan), North Hills News Record (Pennsylvania) and USA Today (Virginia). He is also currently the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Tom is the father of a Michigan State Police trooper.

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