No charges expected for man who shot two dogs in Lakeview, Chicago police say

Chicago — No charges are expected to be filed against a man who shot two dogs in Lakeview, prompting a large Chicago police response on Tuesday afternoon. In a statement issued tonight, CPD said the 53-year-old man shot the dogs after they “continued to advance toward him in an aggressive manner” while off their leashes.

Police said a 45-year-old woman was walking the dogs in the 1000 block of West Oakdale around 1:45 p.m. when they rushed toward the man as he entered the alley from a nearby residence. He stepped back, but they continued to advance, prompting the man to shoot them “in fear for his safety.”

Chicago Police Department SWAT officers respond to the scene near Sheffield and George in Lakeview. | Mark Weyermuller

Officers locked down the neighborhood after witnesses reported that a man shot two dogs and ran into a nearby apartment building. 

A SWAT team searched the building, and officers contacted the man around 6 p.m. They determined that he was properly licensed to own and carry concealed firearms, the source said.

The dogs were taken to separate veterinary clinics, where one died, according to CPD.

Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 2851 North Seminary, went on a soft lockdown as the incident began, but students were released after class.

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