Dog shot by incoming police chief returns home

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A dog that was shot by Winston-Salem’s incoming police chief after he said it acted aggressively returned home on Saturday night.

Assistant Chief Barry Rountree was responding as backup to a dangerous weapon call around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of Jackson Avenue during the shooting.

Investigators said Rountree and Winston-Salem Police Officer Mohammed Khan responded to the scene, stationing themselves behind Khan’s vehicle.

Tamara Whitt, who lives nearby, said her boxer-mix “Lebrone” heard the officers and went down the driveway as she followed.

Police, however, said the dog ran toward Rountree and Khan, acting in an “aggressive manner.”

Authorities said Rountree fired at the dog, his bullet grazed the animal’s leg, hit the pavement and struck Whitt in the upper thigh.

Whitt was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she was treated and released.

Lebrone, the family dog, was placed in the custody of Forsyth County Animal Control.

The District Attorney called in the SBI to investigate the shooting, and after further investigation Rountree was cleared of any wrongdoing Friday afternoon.

Rountree will be sworn in as Winston-Salem Police Chief on Sunday.

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