DENTION, N.C.-- A Denton Police Officer was bitten by a dog Wednesday and shot himself in the arm by accident.
A release from the Denton Police Department said Officer Geelen was attacked by a dog while conducting a welfare check on Hilltop Lane. The animal rushed at the officer when entering the residence and bit three times.
The officer fired at the dog, who deflected the gun during one of the discharges to put the officer's arm in the line of fire. The officer was shot in the arm and was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
The officer's wound wasn't life-threatening, the report stated.
The dog died.
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