(CENTREVILLE, MD) – A Maryland state trooper arrived at a call in Queen Anne’s County today just in time to prevent a woman being attacked by a family dog from sustaining more serious injuries.
The victim is identified as Doris N. Airey, 64, of Centreville, Md. She was transported to the Queen Anne’s Emergency Medical Center for treatment.
Shortly after 8:00 a.m. today, TFC Robert Isabelle, of the Centreville Barrack, was dispatched to a disturbance call near Centreville. When he arrived at the front door, he could see and hear two dogs fighting inside the residence. He observed the victim trying to break up the fight between the dogs. The trooper could see the aggressor dog, a full-grown pit bull mix, had already bitten the victim.
The trooper entered the home and used pepper spray on the dog in an attempt to end the assault, which caused the dog to back away. Moments later, the dog aggressively charged toward the victim with what appeared to be the intention of attacking her again.
In fear for the life of the woman, the trooper discharged one round from his department-issued .40 caliber pistol and fatally wounded the dog when it was about three feet from the woman. The victim sustained no further injury. The trooper was not injured and the second dog involved, which presented no threat, was not injured by the trooper’s actions. The victim’s daughter witnessed the incident, but was not injured.
It is believed both dogs lived at the home with the victim, her daughter, and son-in-law. The pit bull mix belonged to the victim’s son-in-law, who was not there at the time of the incident, but returned a short time later.
The Queen Anne’s County Animal Control Office has been notified about the incident.