Off-duty Virginia K-9 jumps fence, bites 3 men

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police said one of their K-9s bit three people Tuesday morning.

Investigators say the Norfolk officer left the K-9 unattended in his fenced backyard and the German Shepherd bit three men in the 2000 block of Willow Wood Drive, shortly after 11 a.m.

Police believe the dog jumped a fence and ran about two blocks before running into the victims. Investigators could not say what caused the dog to bite the men.

10 On Your Side has confirmed each handler has a large kennel that the dogs are supposed to be in when they are not supervised. This dog was not in its kennel and was only left unsupervised for about five minutes.

Police say everyone involved should recover, including the K-9 who was cut during the incident. They say animal control officers are keeping the dog isolated for now.

The K-9 handler has been with the department for six years and is on administrative duty while the department investigates.

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