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Jersey City, NJ – An NYPD officer executing a search in the hunt for a robbery suspect accidentally shot a U.S. marshal in the foot when he fired at a dog that he said was attacking the federal agent, according to police sources.

The officer that shot the federal agent is believed to be a member of the U.S. Marshals Service's New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force, according to the New York Post.

The incident occurred as the task force was searching for a 25-year-old robbery suspect who they believed was hiding out in a residence.

The dog is alleged to have charged the officers on the scene, biting a U.S. marshal. However, as TFTP has reported on countless occasions, officers often claim dogs charge them when the reality is quite to the contrary.

It’s at this point that the NYPD officer opened fire, striking and killing the dog, and in the process shot the agent in the foot.

The U.S. marshal was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The robbery suspect, who was wanted for a robbery in New York City, was apprehended successfully.

Police are currently investigating the shooting.

As The Free Thought Project has reported, the phenomenon of police opening fire on dogs in neighborhoods where residents are susceptible to being shot is nothing new.

Many of these incidents are caught on Body Cam, such as when an Ohio officer called out to a dog to come to him and then shot and killed him in July, or when a Texas officer entered a family's backyard and shot and killed their dog in front of them in August.

Ironically, the U.S. marshal is also fortunate to only have been shot in the foot as the NYPD officer opened fire on the dog, especially when compared to others in similar situations.

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Take for example the tragic case of Autumn Steele.

Court records indicate that Steele was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic abuse. After being released from jail, she was informed that she could not return to her residence to gather her belongings without a police escort.

After returning to her home with a required police escort, her husband, Gabriel Steele was loading their 4-year-old son into a vehicle. Autumn Steele left the residence, followed by the family dog, and got into an altercation with her husband.

Upon seeing the disturbance, the police escort attempted to intervene.

Witnesses claim the family dog was being playful—but the officer apparently felt threatened, which prompted him to pull his firearm and begin shooting at the dog.
One of those shots struck Steele in the chest.

“The dog startled the officer. The officer began shooting at the dog. The officer was still shooting when he fell down in the snow,” one witness told The Hawk Eye Newspaper.

“It appeared he was shooting at the dog when (the officer) fell to the ground. It’s my belief the woman was shot accidentally,” said another witness.

Subsequently, Steele was taken to an area hospital where she died of her gunshot wound.

While the U.S. marshal was fortunate to only have been shot in the foot, both cases highlight gross police incompetence. When officers aren’t properly trained to deal with situations such as these, tragedy is often the outcome.

While tasked with the authority to carry a deadly weapon in all situations, this heavy responsibility is often disregarded, with innocent civilians — as well as other officers — becoming victims in the process.