(Memphis) Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams doesn’t believe lack of training is the issue in the two recent friendly fire shootings.
Since November, there have been two officers shot by their partners while serving warrants.
Each of those times the officers’ intended target was a vicious dog.
“If you have a vicious dog coming to bite you, you can’t say stop,” said Williams.
He says the department already doubled the amount of training for officers, “People are going to say well, they’re like Keystone Cops. Another officer is shot. I would ask people, when was the last time you were in a fire fight.”
In yesterday’s shooting Williams says the injured officer was outside near the back of the house, when another officer fired on the three pit bulls from inside the home.
Two of the dogs were shot and so was Organized Crime Officer, Calvin Taylor.
He has since been released from the hospital.
“No one knew when the officer fired the shot gun that it would penetrate the walls, the door or what have you, to hit the officer outside,” said Williams.
Williams says dealing with vicious dogs is part of police work, “You have a lot dope boys, you have a lot of people in the drug business, that are taken advantage of by other people in the drug business.”
They also use the animals to protect themselves during surprise visits from police.
“The dogs are to slow the officer down so they can flush or get rid of the drugs, so the dogs serve their purpose,” said Williams.