UPDATE: Arlington police officer shoots at charging dog, accidentally strikes and kills woman
The Arlington Police Department has released an official account regarding the officer-involved shooting earlier this evening in the north Arlington area.
Just after 5:15PM, Arlington PD, FD, and EMS were dispatched to a welfare check. The caller stated a woman was passed out in a grassy area near the intersection of Cantor Drive and N. Collins Street.
The first officer arrived at 5:20PM along with EMS and firefighters; however, they were unable to locate the female. After additional information was received by emergency responders, they were able to locate the woman lying in a grassy area. There was also an unrestrained dog next to her.
As the officer called out to the woman repeatedly concerning her welfare, the dog began to run towards the officer while barking. The officer retreated backwards from the running dog while drawing his duty firearm. The officer discharged his firearm multiple times towards the dog. After the shots were fired, the woman yelled out and it was apparent she was injured.
EMS transported the female to a local hospital, but she was pronounced deceased. Preliminary information leads investigators to believe the woman was struck by gunfire from the officer.
The full investigation is in progress at this time. Additional information will be released when available.
Update – The victim has been identified as a 30-year-old female.