The Vancouver Police Department is investigating an incident Sunday night in which a police K-9 darted across the street during an arrest and attacked a bystander.
A 54-second cellphone video circulating on social media captures the moment around 5 p.m. at the corner of West 13th and Columbia streets. While a man is handcuffed and led to a police car, the leashed dog in a parking lot appears to escape a handler’s grasp, bolt across the street, and bite and tug on a man standing on the sidewalk.
The original call was a response to a reported disturbance and harassment between a male and a female, department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said in an email. The man who was bitten was not involved in the incident and was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Kapp said the department is investigating the incident, during which the K-9 will be removed from active duty.