Officer Attacked By Dog Forced To Shoot

Posted Friday, July 27th, 2018 at 3:38 PM

On July 27, 2018, at approximately 1230 hours the Bullhead City Police Department responded to 1777 Rolando Drive in reference to a neighbor dispute regarding a dog at large.

Upon arrival, officers contacted Ja’mal Walter Heim, age 26 (dog owner).  As Heim opened the door of the residence, the dog charged and attacked an officer resulting in the officer being bitten twice.  Heim regained control of the dog and placed it back inside the residence.

When additional officers arrived on scene, the dog again exited the residence as Heim opened the door and aggressively approached officers.  The officers began to retreat from the property while attempting to deter the dog’s aggression.  Officers kicked at the dog, applied pepper spray, and deployed a taser, all of which were ineffective; ultimately forcing the original officer to discharge his duty weapon at the dog.

The dog was critically injured and transported to the Bullhead City Animal Care and Welfare (ACW) station where it was euthanized.  Further investigation with ACW revealed prior complaints regarding this dog.  The dog was not licensed and had never received any vaccinations.

One police officer was transported to WARMC for treatment.  Heim was cited and released for Municipal Codes 6.08.070 No license, 6.08.040 Dog at Large, and 6.08.090 Tags Required.

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