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Dog shot by police officer after woman made dog attack him in West Seneca

Posted at 12:18 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 19:32:05-05

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) — A woman is facing several charges after police officers were attacked by a dog in West Seneca, resulting in an officer shooting the dog.

Authorities say they responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at home on Burch Avenue in West Seneca late Friday night.

Upon arrival, West Seneca police say 34-year-old April Gorman was threatening to harm herself and others along with damaging property inside and outside the home.

According to police, when the officer arrived they were greeted by a large and aggressive pit bull that charged at police officers and chased them out of the home.

An officer, who police say was defending himself, then shot the pit bull twice, with the dog then running away to a nearby porch.

The pit bull was then leashed and muzzled and received assistance from animal control officers, and was rushed to a nearby hospital where the dog is recovering.

Officers then tried to make contact with Gorman when she then punched, kicked, and attempted to head butt officers after she was hiding in a closet.

Gorman was then taken to ECMC for an involuntary mental health evaluation.

Police say Gorman purposefully had the dog attack police officers who obtained minor injuries.

Gorman will be arraigned on the following charges

  • Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree (Class D Felony)
  • Attempted Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer (Class C Felony)
  • 2 Counts of Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd Degree (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Resisting Arrest (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Disorderly Conduct ( Violation)