A woman was killed and an 8-year-old child was injured in a dog attack Tuesday night in Indianapolis, police said.
The woman, identified by CBS affiliate WTTV as Marion County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tamika White, was found in the garage area of an Indianapolis home, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene on Forsythia Drive.
“He was a shining light to all, and will be missed by all who knew him,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook. “We will work tirelessly to keep his memory alive.”
Marion County Sheriff’s Office
The child, identified by WTTV as White’s 8-year-old son, suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
“First and foremost, Deputy White was a mother,” White’s commander, Brittany Seligman, said in a news conference shared by WTTV. “She died last night protecting the most important person in her life in a tragic animal attack at her home.
According to police, there were multiple dogs in the home when officers arrived. Officers shot a dog they described as “actively aggressive.” The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department did not specify whether the dog that was shot by officers attacked the woman and child.
Police called Indianapolis Animal Care Services to the scene for assistance, authorities said. Animal shelters took three live dogs, a dead dog and a cat from the scene, WTTV reported. CBS News has reached out to Animal Services for additional information.
White was described by local officials as brave and dedicated. He had worked for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office since 2007. Most recently, he worked in their Judicial Enforcement Division.
There have been several fatal dog attacks across the United States this year. More recently, a child was killed and a woman seriously injured Iowa dog attack Early May.
The dog attacks Louisiana And Idaho Children died in January. In February, a A man in his 80s was killed Three more injured in dog attack in Texas After a woman in Pennsylvania died Infested by neighbor’s dog March.
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