RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized Wednesday after accidentally shooting himself in the leg when a large dog approached him at a Riverside home.

A Riverside County sheriff’s spokesperson said the deputy was serving court documents to a resident in the 3000 block of Eucalyptus Avenue at about 2 p.m. when a dog came at him aggressively.

The deputy, who has not been named, feared for his safety and pulled out his gun but ended up shooting himself in the process, according to the spokesperson.

The deputy was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. He was not bitten.

KCAL9’s Tom Wait reports the dog was not hit or injured and police will not be taking any further action against the dog or its owner, who was not the person being served.

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Comments (39)
  1. Seeing as the officer is still alive and presumably without any dog bites, I would say he saw a dog and wanted some target practice. I’m glad he shot himself instead.

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