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February 21, 2023

Off-duty FBI agent shoots 'aggressive' dog after scuffle in Center City

A Philadelphia animal rights group plans to protest outside of the FBI's field office on Arch Street

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FBI agent shoots dog Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

An off-duty FBI agent shot and killed a dog to break up a scuffle between three dogs Monday near The Touraine apartment complex on the 1500 block of Spruce Street in Philadelphia. Police and the FBI are investigating the shooting.

An FBI special agent reportedly shot and killed a dog near an apartment building in Center City on Monday night.

The shooting occurred after the agent's dog and two dogs owned by another person got into a scuffle near The Touraine apartment complex, witnesses told 6ABC

The agent, who was off duty, reportedly fired the gun to fend off an aggressive dog.

"The FBI is reviewing a shooting incident this evening on 1500 block of Spruce St, Philadelphia, involving an FBI special agent," the agency tweeted. "Initial information is that the agent shot & wounded an aggressive dog. There were no other injuries. The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents/task force members seriously. We're working jointly with Philadelphia Police & FBI Inspection Division to investigate the incident."

Revolution Philadelphia, an animal rights advocacy group, responded to the FBI's tweet by asking, "Isn't unauthorized use of deadly force against DOJ policy?"

Rev Philly held a protest in front of the FBI's Arch Street building on Tuesday morning.

"This incident put several civilians in danger, and this dog, known as Mia, lost her life," the advocacy group said. "This woman is a trained professional and a dog owner. Her first reaction should not be to shoot first. This is unacceptable, and we are demanding that she be held accountable for her actions."