Cop kills charging Rottweiler

Two dogs menacing Midtown children rush at officer near Golf Links, Swan
2006-11-10T00:00:00Z Cop kills charging RottweilerBy Alexis Huicochea arizona daily star Arizona Daily Star
November 10, 2006 12:00 am  • 

A Tucson police officer shot and killed a rottweiler that charged at him in a Midtown neighborhood Thursday morning.

Officer Michael Williams, a 13-year-veteran, went to the 4600 block of East 31st Street, near East Golf Links and South Swan roads, after a neighbor reported that there were two Rottweilers running loose, said Sgt. Decio Hopffer, a Tucson Police Department spokes-man.

The caller told police that the dogs were very aggressive and were chasing children, he said.

Williams arrived in the neighborhood around 8:30 a.m. and when he got out of his patrol car, the two dogs charged at him, he said. Williams fired his gun, killing one of the dogs.

The other dog ran to its nearby home in the 4700 block of East 31st Street.

The officer called for assistance from the Pima Animal Care Center, which arrived about 20 minutes later and took custody of the surviving dog, said Jerry Sanchez, enforcement operations supervisor for the animal care center.

An investigation is under way to determine if any citations will be issued, he said.

The two dogs involved in this incident have a history with the Pima Animal Care Center, but Sanchez could not elaborate.

Tucson police are also investigating this incident, as it does any time an officer fires a weapon on duty, Hopffer said.

On Monday, a 2-year-old boy was mauled to death by his family's two pet Rottweilers on the Southwest Side.

The boy, Luis Fernando Romero Jr., was left alone in his front yard in the 6700 block of South Gila Avenue, near West Valencia Road and South Camino De La Tierra, when the dogs attacked him.

His mother came outside in the midst of the mauling and pulled Luis into the home.

Luis was taken to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Both of those dogs were taken into custody by the Pima Animal Care Center, where they remained Thursday. No action will be taken until the dogs' owners have been contacted, Sanchez said.

● Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at 629-9412 or

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