An off-duty Jersey City police dog, Rommel, has been accused of murdering JJ, a Chihuahua.
Rommel was at his officer’s home this past Saturday. JJ and his owner were walking outside of the officer’s home when Rommel and another dog were let outside to take care of business. Reports said that Rommel grabbed JJ in his mouth and started shaking him fatally. When the police arrived, JJ had already died from the incident.
Rommel is now at the Emergency Services Unit Facility and is scheduled to undergo a re-evaluation to determine if he has lost his discipline.
More on the case after the jump.
[Internal Affairs Capt.] O’Callahan’s office is investigating the incident, which he called “unusual and unexpected.”
Rommel, who is 4 years old, is trained only as a bomb-sniffing dog and he has been assigned to the ESU Bomb Squad since coming on the job about 2 years ago, O’Callahan said. Most police dogs are trained to bite and hold, but Rommel has had no aggression training, O’Callahan said.
“The K-9 officers are all dog lovers and it’s always a difficult thing to see a dog hurt like that,” O’Callahan said.