Off-duty Secret Service agent shoots, kills dog in Brooklyn
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An off-duty Secret Service agent shot and killed a dog in Brooklyn Monday night, claiming it had charged him, according to The New York Times.

The unnamed agent shot the dog in Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace neighborhood around 9:45 p.m., according to the Times.

“I heard the gunshot, and then I heard a guy arguing, cursing and carrying on,” Walker Blankinship, 51, the manager of Kensington Stables on Caton Place, told the Times on Tuesday. “I just thought it was local people having an argument.” Blankinship said he heard a man say “I can’t believe you let it go off.”

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Blankinship described the dog as small to medium-sized and said he did not know its owners personally but had seen them in the neighborhood before.

“The dog charged him,” NYPD spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell said in a statement, according to the Times. “He let one round go. He killed the dog.”

Accounts varied on whether the dog was wearing a leash. The Secret Service claimed in a statement that the animal was “an unrestrained and aggressive canine,” but a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told the Times the dog was leashed but that the owner was not holding the leash at the time the agent shot the dog.

Statistics on the number of dogs killed by law enforcement are not immediately available, although NYPD use-of-force records indicate New York City officers shot at dogs on four occasions in 2018, killing two.