A police officer on Wednesday shot an apparently vicious dog that charged at firefighters at a northwest suburban firehouse on Wednesday afternoon, forcing the first responders to take cover inside the building.
Firefighters said they were at Elgin Fire Station No. 7, at 3270 Longcommon Parkway, at about 1 p.m. when one dog charged at a firefighter. He was able to get back into the station before the roughly 80 pound dog could bite him.
Another dog, weighing about 130 pounds, also appeared and charged at the front door of the station, officials said.
Officers said the dogs also attacked them when they arrived on the scene, prompting them to shoot.
The wounded animal and the other dog then retreated to a nearby home just outside the city limits, where the unwounded dog was secured by its owner and Kane County sheriff’s deputies were called.
Police said the owner, whose name was unavailable, was issued citations for allowing dogs to run free and owning a dangerous animal.
They said the wounded dog was taken to an animal hospital in South Elgin. Police Lt. Dan O’Shea said it is unclear how long the fire station was locked down and whether its personnel could have responded to emergency calls during the lockdown.