By :Bethany Hashway
Updated Information Wednesday Afternoon : According to a release the adult male who’s dog was attacked is being identified as Robert Joyal , 57 years old from Warwick, RI.
The police officer is John Zarborski, who is a 5 year veteran of the Warwick Police Department. According to a statement Officer Zarborski should be commended for his actions during the incident on Titus Lane and preventing further injury to Mr. Joyal and to the other bystanders who were on scene.
Warwick, RI- On Tuesday night June 20th, 2017 at around 6:03 p.m. police officers from the Warwick Police Department had responded to the area of 13 Titus Ln.in Warwick, RI for the report of a “pit-bull fighting “ and that the dogs were attacking a man and the other dog in the roadway.
The first arriving police officer had located an adult male who was on the ground with three dogs, two of the dogs were actively attacking the smaller dog. According to a press release the aggressive dogs described as pit bulls had continued with their attack as the officer approached the scene with his taser out. One of the aggressive dogs had turned towards the police officer and he tried to use his taser as a less lethal option to try and stop the aggressive dog. The use of the taser was unsuccessful and then the second pit-bull had turned on the officer according to a release. The officer fearing for his safety and the other people on the scene the police officer had discharged his service pistol two times striking the dog and ending it’s threat.
The police officer then went over to the male and saw that on the ground the other two dogs. The aggressive dog he first tried to stop with his taser attacked the police officer. According to a release the officer tried unsuccessfully to use physical force to deter that attack. The dog had continued to lunge and had tried to bite the officer who was forced to discharge his weapon two more times to stop the second dog’s threat.
According to a press release based on evidence that the Warwick Police gathered and multiple witness statements, the initial investigation has revealed that the police officer’s actions were lawful and necessary to protect the lives of citizens and him from serious bodily injury. Both of the dogs described as pit bulls, were deceased at the scene.
The police officer was uninjured during the attacks. Based on an on –going investigation, the officer’s name is being with held. The owner of the dog who was attacked was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment for the dog bites.
The Warwick Police are still investigating this incident and are asking any witnesses to the initial dog attack and/ or subsequent use of force by the officer to contact the Professional Standards Division at (401) 468-4200.