CENTRAL POINT – A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office sergeant interrupted a dog attack while driving through a Central Point neighborhood this morning. The dog then attacked the sergeant, who shot and killed the dog.
On July 18, 2017, at 6:04 a.m., Sergeant James Kocina was driving south on Hamrick Road. From the intersection with Brookdale Drive, he saw a person running around a parked car. Sgt. Kocina stopped to investigate.
The 18-year-old male pedestrian said he was running from a dog that had just bit him. The dog then appeared behind Sgt. Kocina and bit his leg. Sgt. Kocina was unable to remove the dog, which continued biting. He fired a single gunshot, striking the dog in the head.
A Jackson County Animal Control officer responded to the scene and retrieved the dog, a large grey/white pit bull terrier, approximately seven years in age. Sgt. Kocina received medical treatment for a dog bite at Rogue Regional Medical Center. The citizen, who was bitten in the upper thigh, refused medical treatment.
The attacks occurred in the roadway across from the dog owners’ home in the 2400-block of Brookdale Drive, in the city of Central Point. The owners were inside the home at the time of the incident.
The Central Point Police Department and Jackson County Animal Control are continuing the investigation. Any further information about the case can be forwarded to Central Point PD (Case 17-5586).