Investigators have determined that a burglary suspect arrested this morning in Alameda had allegedly notified police of the burglary in an attempt to get them to use deadly force on him. Instead, Douglas Wayne Kirk, 56, was arrested after the incident in which an Alameda police officer killed a police dog that attacked the officer. The burglary was reported at 6:12 a.m. at a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting office in a shopping center at 660 Central Ave., near Webster Street. Responding officers brought a police canine, Billy, a Belgian Malinois, with them to the shopping center. At some point, Billy began attacking one of the officers. His handler commanded him to release the officer, but Billy wouldn’t yield and the officer who was bit shot and killed the dog, police said. Just after Billy was shot, Kirk exited the recruiting center with stolen property in his arms. He did not immediately comply with police orders but was taken into custody after a brief struggle, police said.
During the struggle, Kirk told police they had fired upon the wrong target, and that he was supposed to have been shot.
After learning Kirk was the original reporting party to the burglary and had called 911 from the facility, investigators determined he had intended to purposefully challenge them to use deadly force against him, police said. The officer who was bitten was taken to Highland Hospital to be treated for puncture wounds to the left bicep and has since been released
from the hospital, police said. Alameda police are conducting an administrative review of the department’s canine program, and are not deploying canines for patrol purposes until the review process is complete.
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