AUBURN, Neb. – One person has been injured in Auburn after shrapnel from a police gunshot missed its target on Thursday evening, according to law enforcement.
According to the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office, sometime around 6 p.m. near 8th & N St. in Auburn, a deputy approached a person that was believed to be driving recklessly. Soon, according the sheriffs office, that same person’s dog, which was initially chained, broke free and began charging at the deputy.
The sheriffs office says the deputy then attempted to shoot the dog with a firearm, but the bullet missed, ricocheting before shrapnel struck a bystander near the arm, causing a small gash.
The county sheriff says the injury was minor enough for the person to first refuse treatment, before ultimately going to the hospital at the request of police. The Nemaha County Hospital declined comment on whether the person has been released.
The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating the incident due to an injured person.
The Nemaha County’s Sheriffs Office is looking at two aspects of the incident – the harboring of a dangerous dog, and the discharge of an officer’s firearm.
It is unclear on the condition of the dog that was involved.