An off-duty Secret Service agent fatally shot a dog being walked on a leash through a Brooklyn neighborhood Monday night, police sources and witnesses said.
The agent, whose name has not been released, was turning the corner from E. 8th St. onto Caton Place in Windsor Terrace about 9:45 p.m. when he came across a man and his girlfriend walking with a female Belgian Shepard.
The dog started barking, and the startled agent pulled out his gun and shot her, police sources said.
“She scared a cop who was walking home,” the visibly shaken dog’s owner said as he covered his eyes. “He shot her and she’s dead.”
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Walter Blankinship, 51, the stable master at the nearby Kensington Stables, was across the street outside the stables when he heard the shot.
"There was a guy and a girl and another guy. A gunshot went off, just one,” Blankinship said. "The (dog’s owner) was cursing and ranting at the other man, ‘I can’t f---ing believe you let the gun go off.’”
Police said the agent told investigators that the dog charged at him. And in a statement to The Daily Beast, the Secret Service alleged the dog was unleashed.
“An off duty Secret Service employee was involved in the shooting of an unleashed dog in Brooklyn, NY this evening. As this is an ongoing NYPD investigation, the Secret Service will not have further comment," the statement said.
In answer to a request from The Daily News to clarify the characterization of “unleashed” since The News has a photo of the dog’s body at the scene with her leash still attached, a spokesman for the Secret Service said it “will not have further comment.”
The agent went to Lutheran Hospital for evaluation, sources said.
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