A D.C. police officer shot and killed two rare and valuable show dogs at the scene of a burglary yesterday after the animals became involved in a fight with the officer's K-9 Corps German shepherd.
Police officials said the dogs, Japanese Akitas worth about $2,000 each, died immediately after Officer Deborah Weinsheimer fired two shots at them with her .38-caliber service revolver.
The incident occurred about 1 p.m. at 613 Rhode Island Ave. NW where police were investigating a burglary. As Weinsheimer entered the front yard officials said the two Akitas . . . a 9-year-old male and an 8-month-old female . . . bounded out of the house and attacked her police dog, "Duke," which she was holding on a leash.
Jeffrey Jamison, who had been tending the Akitas for their owner, said he tried to separate the animals but was warned away by the officer. "I told her to kick the dogs," Jamison said, "but she pulled out her gun and kept saying, 'If you don't get these dogs, I will shoot them.'"
Jamison said he wrestled with the dogs until he was ordered by Weinsheimer to stand aside. "She shot them," Jamison said. "I said, 'Why did you do that?' I couldn't believe she had done that."
The dogs' owner, Lowaunz Koger, 22, was at work when Jamison phoned her about the shootings. "He said 'Your dogs are dead. The police shot them.' I just cried. They were my kids." Koger, the daughter of widely known Georgetown pet groomer "Chichie" Koger, said she had had the Akitas for about six months and had planned to use them to breed show dogs. Full-grown Akitas weigh about 80 pounds.
Police officials were unable last night to provide further details of the incident, but said that an investigation has been ordered to determine if Weinsheimer acted properly.