After initially stating that a lone “aggressive” dog was injured after being shot by a Yellowknife RCMP officer, police now say a Mountie, along with his service dog, also sustained injuries during the Wednesday morning incident downtown.

The shooting happened around 10:45 a.m., when NT RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS) were carrying out a training session in the area of 49 Avenue and 44 Street, according to a news release issued by Mounties late Thursday afternoon.

In the release, a follow up to Wednesday’s statement, police said two “aggressive unleashed” dogs – not one as previously stated – “had an interaction” with the handler and his dog, named Hoss.

“As the interaction progressed, the member discharged his firearm. One of the two unleashed dogs was injured as a result, and was taken to a local veterinary office for treatment,” stated spokesperson Marie York-Condon.

The unnamed officer was injured first, then Hoss sustained injuries, according to police. They were both treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police have not released details about the state of the unleashed dog shot by the officer Wednesday.

An internal investigation has been launched.

The in-house probe will be conducted by a “commissioned officer (rank of Inspector or higher), who is independent of the involved incident,” stated York-Condon.

Police say the ongoing investigation limits the release of certain information – Thursday’s statement was meant to add “context to the incident.”

According to Yellowknife RCMP, police dog training sessions “may include urban areas, such as back alleys.”

Brendan Burke

As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility...

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