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St. Pete police officer shot, killed dog

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ST PETERSBURG, FL - St. Petersburg Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a dog by one of their officers.

It happened Thursday night in the area of 4th St. N and 2nd Ave. N.  Investigators say two officers walking downtown spotted Kenneth McNeal near Williams Park, as McNeal was walking his dog.  Officials say McNeal "was known to have been trespassed from the park".

The officers tried to stop McNeal, but they say he ignored them and kept walking.  Officers tried to physically detain him, and during the struggle, he let go of the dog's leash.

Police say once released, the dog tried to bite officer Steven Laurenzi, who then shot and killed the dog.

After the shooting, McNeal was subdued and is charged with trespassing and resisting arrest with violence.  Neither of the two officers were hurt.  McNeal was not injured.  Police say the ownership of the dog is in dispute. McNeal says he did not own the dog and was walking it for a friend. But, acquaintances of McNeal say he is the owner of the dog.

Internal Affairs investigators are looking into the shooting.

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