Teen accused of shooting cop’s of the dog to be tried as an adult, judge rules

Zulu, the pit bull was shot in the abdomen on Dec. 17 after the charging at intruders. He is making a full recovery.


A teenager accused of the shooting of a police officer’s dog while trying to intimidate a boy who spoke with his girlfriend will be tried as an adult, a Virginia judge has ruled.

The 17-year-old will appear in adult court on charges of armed burglary, conspiracy and animal cruelty, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

Teenagers of 14 and older charged with certain violent crimes be tried as adults, according to Virginia state law. The charges against the 17-year-old who were not part of the law, so the Judge Deborah Bryan exercise of its judgment based on the toe of the history and the evidence of the newspaper.

Authorities say the Virginia Beach resident was upset that another boy had been communicating with his girlfriend and planned to fight or scare him Dec. 17 on the rival — where he lived with his police-officer cousin, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

Officer Jerome Rushing was home at the time that the 17-year-old — accompanied by two friends and his girlfriend — arrived at the house. When the rival teenager refused to step outside, the 17-year-old and a friend kicked the door down and came in with drawn guns, authorities said.

A teenager accused of shooting a Virginia Beach police officer dog to be tried as an adult

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Rush picked up his service weapon to the confrontation with the intruders, but his pit bull Zulu reacted first, charging at the teenagers. That’s when the 17-year-old allegedly shot the dog.

Zulu underwent emergency surgery and was expected to make a full recovery, WAVY-TV said.

“He is doing well,” Rush told the station. “He bounces back to normal. He is a strong dog.”

The 17-year-old was ordered to remain in the juvenile detention without bond until the court date. His lawyer planned to appeal the judge’s ruling.

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