Meridian police shoot dog during arrest

MERIDIAN -- Officers attempting to serve a warrant in Meridian shot and wounded a dog Wednesday morning.

The shooting happened in the 2300 block of Sonoma Court just before 10 a.m.

"I heard a bunch of sirens and then I happened to look out my front windows of my house and I saw a cop go by with his lights on," said Cassie Hahn, a neighbor who lives nearby.

Police say they went to the Meridian home to arrest 22-year-old William Calvillo of Lodi, California on a felony eluding warrant.

Several officers went to the front of the home while a K-9 handler and police went around the back of the house. Police say Calvillo ran out into the backyard, through the fence and down the bank of the canal behind the house.

"While we were trying to detain and locate the wanted suspect, a suspect matching that description that we were looking for ran through a backyard and out a fence. There was a hole," added Meridian Lt. Scott Colaianni.

A dog described as a pit bull followed the suspect out of the house, and attacked the K-9 handler and police dog, officers say.

The officer fired one shot, hitting the dog. Calvillo was taken into custody.

"Officers from the Meridian Police Department put the dog immediately into a police car and took it immediately to the vet," said Lt. Colaianni.

Police took the injured pit bull to Meridian Veterinary Hospital. It is expected to survive.

"All of the officers here a lot of them have dogs. We're dog people. I have dogs and that isn't our first choice, but sometimes it's our only choice when things suddenly happen that we're not prepared for or they don't expect," added Lt. Colaianni.

Another pit bull escaped from the house during the chaos and ran away. The Idaho Humane Society is currently searching for the second dog.

Calvillo has been booked into the Ada County Jail and is due to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

The Meridian Police Department is investigating the incident.


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