Police officers shot and killed a pit bull after it attacked two members of the public on Angle Street. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Police officers shot and killed a pit bull after it attacked two members of the public on Angle Street. *Photo by Kageaki Smith

 

MONDAY, MAY 30: The owner of a pit bull, which was shot and killed by Police on Friday, appeared in Magistrates' Court today charged with wounding with intent.

Jahmeiko Perkins, 19, of Devonshire is accused of wounding Jeffrey Shaw with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm on May 27.

He was also charged with being a person in charge of a dog, a pit bull, which caused injury to a person.

He was not required to enter a plea as the matter is indictable and must be heard in Supreme Court.

Mr Perkins was given $10,000 bail.

The charges stem from an incident where police were forced to shoot the dog on Friday.

It is believed to be the first time a firearm has been discharged by an officer in “recent days”, said Acting Chief Inspector Cal Smith on Friday.

The incident happened after a Government dog warden went to a home in the Angle Street area after a report of animal cruelty.

Mr Smith said: “Upon arrival, police located the person in question and the male was confronted about the possession of the dog.

“As a result of a conversation, a chase ensued.

“The owner was pursued by police.

“Two members of the public were attacked by the dog and received injuries.”

Mr Smith continued: “The police officer who attended was one of our armed officers and the firearm was discharged and the dog was killed.”

Mr Perkins will reappear in court on June 13.