A Marysville, California, woman and an innocent bystander were attacked by a K-9 tracking someone in connection with a fatal shooting the day before.
Myra Riddle has done several interviews with local media and hinted that she might file a lawsuit over the stomach biting incident, even showing off the puncture marks and bruises she suffered as a result.
Riddle, who said the accidental attack lasted “a minute or two,” described how she and her family were outside their home Friday when the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department found a “child” with “long blonde hair.” pursued. [and a] red sweatshirt,” who ran past.
The This was announced by the Sheriff’s Department Last week, there was a Thursday night shooting at the Yuba Gardens apartment complex on Hammonton Smartsville Road. left a 19-year-old man “with apparent gunshot wounds,” killing him.
“Witnesses reported the shooting occurred in the parking lot, where officers later found numerous shell casings,” authorities said, but did not name the victim.
The subsequent investigation led authorities the next day to Riddle’s apartment complex in Marysville, where she lives with her partner.
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Officers and a K-9 were pursuing a person they believed was involved in the shooting. Riddle described the moment she faced the K-9 and thought – correctly – that she was in danger of being accidentally attacked.
“In my opinion it is [the attack] was a minute or two. The deputy gave commands and tried to pull the dog away, but the dog kept going,” Riddle said local ABC affiliate KXTVand added: “It [the K-9] “stopped, looked at me and charged at me” as the “child” ran past.
In a separate interview with local Fox affiliate KTVURiddle said she was considering filing a lawsuit and she showed the damage done to her stomach.
The woman said that although she heard someone yell “stop,” she did not hear the officers announce “dog” or “dog” before the “terrifying” K-9 attack that left her with painful bite marks and bruises left the legs.
Riddle said an officer at the scene apologized to her, and the sheriff’s department later confirmed that the K-9 deployment “inadvertently resulted in the injury of a civilian.” local CBS affiliate KOVR reported.
The civilian expressed that she did not want any punishment for the K-9 in question, but a possible lawsuit, if one is actually filed, could focus on covering her medical bills and/or the need for additional training such that an incident like this occurred could have been avoided in the future.
Law&Crime has reached out to the Sheriff’s Department for comment.
Watch Riddle’s KXTV interview below:
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