Police: K9 escaped from officer’s residence, bit woman

2014-08-18T16:39:00Z 2014-08-22T15:20:29Z Police: K9 escaped from officer’s residence, bit womanBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A police dog escaped from an officer’s residence on Aug. 11 and bit a woman on the chin, Billings Police Lt. Kevin Iffland said Monday.

Iffland said he was not sure how seriously the woman was injured but that she was taken to St. Vincent Healthcare for treatment.

He said the police dog, a Belgian Malinois named Kooko, escaped along with a family dog from officer Bret Beckers’ residence.

Beckers is on duty, but the dog has been quarantined for 10 days while the matter is investigated.

Iffland said a woman found the dogs and took them into Eckroth Music, 922 Grand Ave., at about 5 p.m., and when the woman bent down to check the information on the police dog’s tag, the dog bit her on the chin.

“I don’t have disposition with what’s going to happen to the dog at this time,” he said, adding that there is potential for Beckers to be found in violation of keeping the dog properly restrained.

Iffland said it would be at least Wednesday before the internal review is completed.

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