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Louisiana Deputy Wounded By Gunfire While Fighting Off Pit Bull Attack During Arrest

Baton Rouge, LA – An East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized Tuesday with a gunshot wound to the leg after a suspect released two pit bulls on the law enforcement officers when they came to arrest him for violating a protection order.

The incident occurred at the Hub apartments on Highland Road near Lee Drive at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 10, WBRZ reported.

Three East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) deputies and a field training officer responded to one of the apartments with the intent of arresting 48-year-old Richmond McNeal for violating a protection order.

But when the deputies knocked on the door, someone inside released two pit bulls on them, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The suspect opened the door, at which point two of three dogs – we’re told all three are pit bulls – rushed out,” EBRSO Spokesperson Casey Hicks told WBRZ. “They were not restrained and they rushed the deputies. One of them, they said, attempted to latch onto the deputy with her teeth.”

The deputies said the dogs snapped at them and that one attempted to clamp down on the female deputy’s leg, KPLC reported.

That’s when the situation became even more chaotic.

“At that point, we are told the deputy and one of the field training officers fired their weapons at the dog, in which the dog was struck, as well as the deputy in the leg,” Hicks told KPLC.

The wounded deputy was rushed to a local hospital for treatment of her gunshot wound and dog bites and is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigators said McNeal had three pit bulls inside the apartment, one of which died during the incident, KPLC reported.

East Baton Rouge Animal Control Director Daniel Piatkiewicz confirmed the two surviving dogs were taken into custody by his department, per standard procedure, according to The Advocate.

They will remain in custody with animal control for at least five days.

McNeal was arrested for violating a protective order, but additional charges are expected, according to the EBRSO.

One of his neighbors told KPLC that McNeal’s dogs have attacked his small dog in the past, and that other neighbors have also had problems with them.

“I don’t directly know the owner, but my dog was recently attacked by his pit bull,” Ky Williams said. “He has three of them. So, I know our neighbors have issues with his dogs snapping at them. He’s an older guy, he can’t really control the big dogs, he probably shouldn’t walk three of them at once.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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