LAWRENCE, Mass. (March 4, 2013)—A law enforcement dog that was searching for a gun in a snowbank somehow pulled the trigger with its paw, firing the weapon, but no dogs or humans were hurt.
The events leading up to the incident started at around 2 a.m. Sunday when an officer on patrol heard three gunshots.
When the officer went to investigate, he saw a vehicle speeding away.
When the driver pulled over, officers saw a man leap out and bury something in the snow.
Ivan, a dog handled by the Essex County Sheriff's Department, was sent to the scene to find whatever was buried in the snow.
Police say he started digging furiously and in the process fired the gun.
Three men were arrested and police determined the gun had been stolen in Manchester, N.H., in October.