The Warwick Police Department released the following information pertaining to the incident:
On August 15, 2019 at approximately 8:32 a.m. the Warwick Police Department responded to the area of 198 Buttonwoods Ave. for the report of three large dogs roaming loose that appeared to be aggressive. As officers were responding to the scene, they learned that one of the three dogs was reported to have bitten the reporting party.
The three dogs were located at short time later in the area of 150 Keeley Ave by Officer Jeremy Smith, a 5-year veteran of the department and a Warwick Animal Control officer.
As the Animal Control Officer moved towards his vehicle to retrieve the proper tools required to safely take custody of the dogs, two of the three dogs aggressively charged at Officer Smith. As Officer Smith attempted to retreat to his police vehicle, the dogs charged at him at which point he feared for his safety and discharged his firearm in an attempt to stop the imminent attack.
Two of the three dogs were shot and died at the scene. The third dog fled the area and at last report is still at large.
This incident remains under investigation by the Warwick Police Department’s Professional Standards Division pursuant to our agencies Use of Force policy.
Anyone with information related to this incident or the whereabouts of the missing dog is requested to contact the Warwick Police Department at (401)468-4200.