A Columbus, Ohio, police officer had to shoot his own K9 partner Saturday after the dog turned on him during a training exercise, police say.
Officer Brian Carter was â€śverbally correctingâ€ť Benzi, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, when the dog began biting him about 9 a.m. at the departmentâ€™s K9 center, police wrote in a press release.
Carter, who suffered serious bites to his forearms, shot Benzi to stop the attack, police reported.
Carter, who required a tourniquet to stop his bleeding, underwent surgery, police said, and Benzi was later euthanized at a veterinary hospital.
Carter has been an officer in the Columbus Division of Police K9 unit since 2008, reported WCMH. Benzi was his second K9 partner.
â€śBenzi was more than Officer Carterâ€™s K9 partner,â€ť police wrote on Twitter. â€śHe was a member of the Carter family. They are all in our healing prayers during this difficult time.â€ť
Benzi and Carter won praise from the department in March for their role in helping catch an accused burglar, according to police.
Sgt. Mark Cartwright, supervisor of the divisionâ€™s K9 unit, told WBNS it was the first time an officer in the agency had to shoot his own K9 partner.
The investigation into the incident continues, according to the police department.