Boy, 11 is Attacked by Virginia Beach Police K-9 at America’s Best Value Inn
Recently my firm wrote about how Norfolk Police placed an officer on leave after a police K-9 attacked a Norfolk State University student.
Just weeks after the outcry over the attack on London Colvin, Virginia Beach Police have revealed a K-9 attacked an 11-year-old boy at a hotel during a police operation.
The Virginian-Pilot reported how the boy was bitten on Tuesday as Virginia Beach police were moving into a position to apprehend a man suspected in a bank robbery at America’s Best Value Inn on Northampton Blvd.
Virginia Beach Police said officers, detectives and a K-9 unit went to the motel to make the arrest. As the K-9 team moved into position, the child “emerged from a corridor of the motel and ran into the K-9 dog,” according to the release.
Police said the dog reacted by biting the boy. He said officers administered first aid at the scene and stayed with the child and his mother until medics arrived.
Amanda Leudke, a guest at the hotel, identified her son as the child attacked by the dog in a WAVY.com report. Leudke said she was visiting family in Virginia Beach, when she noticed the police activity. She said she went out to check what was going on and her son left their room looking for her. That’s when the child was bitten.
The boy’s injuries were graphic, according to the WAVY report. Fortunately, they were not life threatening. The report said the Leudkes still have questions about the investigation process. Amanda Leudke told the station she has been in touch with police since the incident, she did not receive an incident report. Leudke said she also has not been informed if the city of Virginia Beach will cover her son’s medical bills.
Shortly after the child was bitten, the K-9 team apprehended the suspect, who was taken into custody about 10 minutes later in parking lot of the motel..
The robbery occurred Monday around 10 a.m. at a Wells Fargo, on Independence Blvd. A man walked into the bank, suggested he had a weapon and handed the teller a note demanding money.
Dog bites can be very serious and disfiguring injuries. Just as the owner of a dog is expected to keep the animal under control, so too is a police officer. In this case a K-9 clearly was not being controlled properly or this terrible attack would not have occurred. It’s always very traumatic for a child to be injured in this manner.
If you or your child has been injured by a police dog, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against a police department to cover your injuries and more. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com