Police: Dog Bites Trooper During Investigation into Shed Burglary in Durham

State police troopers were called to Haddam Quarter Road early Tuesday to investigate a burglary.


A state police trooper was bitten by a dog while investigating a burglary in Durham Tuesday morning, according to police.

Troopers were called to Haddam Quarter Road around 8 a.m. after a homeowner reported that a shed had been broken into. While investigating the burglary, a trooper interviewing neighbors along Foot Hills Road was bitten by another neighbor's dog, police said.

The trooper was taken to a local hospital but his injuries were not serious.

It's not clear yet what, if any, items were taken from the shed.

Check back with Patch for more details.

Die Harder February 05, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Good thing the trooper didn't have his family in the car!
Ex Republican February 05, 2013 at 04:31 PM
In New Haven that would be grounds for medical retirement. For the Staties, they probably have to count the hospital visit as off duty.
Die Harder February 05, 2013 at 05:07 PM
The trooper was bitten in the head
Michael Hayes (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Not exactly Die Harder. It was the leg, I'm told.
Dave D February 05, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Medical retirement LOL... it's easy to be an arm chair corespondent, and joke about one of the many hazards of law enforcement. In any if our larger municipalities the officer would most likely shoot the dog and save themself the pain and suffering.
Scott Wheeler February 05, 2013 at 05:52 PM
LOL......"Not exactly Die Harder..." For some reason I am laughing at Michael's response due to the silly monikor. I am wondering if it is proper grammer to capitalize a monikor or could you get away with lower case. I mean are you speaking to a real person if said person has some 80s over the top action film as their name instead of their real name? Back on subject I agree about the way the officer handled the dog, he could have pulled his side arm or mace out but did not. Even though the dog may be a tad out of control it could be some kid's pet.
Die Harder February 05, 2013 at 05:53 PM
oh, my bad. That is what a local television station reported
Michael Hayes (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I've been bitten by dogs on more than one occasion, when reaching to pet them, which is why I own a cat.
nana of 5 February 05, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Haddam Quarter, again!!!! hope the trooper is resting at HOME.
Concerned February 08, 2013 at 06:36 PM
@Michael Hayes...I was once told you NEVER put your hand out to a strange dog, unless you WANT to get bitten. To many dogs, that extended hand is a sign of agression. You should stand still and let the dog sniff, and *usually* if the dog turns and brings his body around you may pet them. You should also not try to pet their head. This was advice from a professional dog trainer - Air Force canine unit, who also works with the CT State Police.
Michael Hayes (Editor) February 08, 2013 at 06:47 PM
That's a great point. Except dog owners are always saying, "Oh, he's friendly." Yeah right.
Jim in Durham February 09, 2013 at 04:14 AM
I'm a USPS City Mail Carrier,and have been bitten more times than I want to count. It's always the small dogs that feel they have something to prove .EVERY dog that has bitten/attacked me ( > 6) was under 40 lbs. and the owner said is OK .


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