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Dog injured in Central Point police shooting

A dog is being treated for a gunshot wound, a Central Point police officer was being treated for injuries and two transients have been cited following a Saturday morning animal attack at a transient camp.

At just before 9 a.m. Saturday, a large breed dog attacked a male police officer while patrolling a campsite in a prohibited area along the Bear Creek Greenway, according to a press release from Central Point police.

The police officer approached a tent on the Greenway near Pine Street at 8:59 a.m. and questioned a woman who came out of the tent. While speaking with the woman, the officer determined that a man was hiding in the tent with a large dog.

The dog ultimately broke through the front of the tent and attacked the officer — even as the officer tried to back away from the tent, according to the release.

The officer fired his duty handgun once and struck the dog. The animal was then rushed to a nearby emergency veterinary clinic, and the officer was treated at a nearby hospital for injuries sustained in the dog attack. No others were hurt.

The dog is expected to survive its gunshot injury, according to the release, and the incident remained under investigation as of Saturday afternoon. Jackson County Animal Services will take custody of the dog once the animal is released from the clinic