On Saturday, April 19 at 10 p.m. police received a report of a break and enter occurring at a residence on Capri Court in Dartmouth. As a result of the investigation, patrol officers were conducting surveillance on a home in the 300 block of Portland Street at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 20 when an officer on the on the street in front of the residence was charged by two dogs. The dogs ran from the property in question, onto the street and at the officer in an aggressive manner. The officer discharged three shots from his issued firearm, striking one of the dogs. Both dogs retreated back onto the property and then into the residence. Halifax Regional Police received a 911 call moments later from the residence regarding one of the dogs being shot. One of the officers at the scene then transported the dog, a bull terrier breed, and its owner to the emergency veterinary clinic.
At 8:40 a.m. investigators of the HRP/RCMP Integrated General Investigation Section and patrol officers executed a search warrant at an address in the 300 block of Portland Street. Seven individuals were taken into custody inside the residence without incident and returned to Police Headquarters. An eighth suspect was taken into custody at another location in Dartmouth. The residence was searched and several items of stolen property were recovered from the break and enter on Capri Court. Police left the residence shortly after 10 a.m. The eight individuals are facing charges and have been released from police custody to appear in court at later dates: one man has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5000, one female youth has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5000, four male youths have been charged with possession of stolen property over $5000, one female youth has been charged with possession of stolen property under $5000 and one female youth has been charged with conspiracy to commit break and enter.
As of the evening of Sunday, April 20, police have been unable to obtain an update from the owner of the injured dog. The officer involved in the shooting incident was uninjured and has returned to work. As in all situations requiring use of force by our officers, this file and the circumstances surrounding the discharge of the officer's firearm will be reviewed.