Boise Police Blotter: Officer Shoots Dog After Being Bitten; Investigators Suspect Arson in Thursday Fire 

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A Boise police officer and a dog are receiving medical care after the officer responded to a disturbance call July 15.

At around 9 p.m., the officer arrived at a home near 2200 Pond Street in Boise where two men were fighting on the lawn. While attempting to break up the fight, the officer was attacked by a large dog belonging to one of the men. The dog bit the officer on the knee, "causing significant injury."

The officer shot the dog three times and police later learned the dog had also attacked one of the men in the fight. The officer and the dog are receiving medical treatment. BPD is investigating the incident.

In other news, investigators believe a string of recent structure fires in the Vista Avenue area
were caused by arson. The latest fire happened the evening of July 14 near the 2800 block of Cherry Lane.

During the last month, Boise Fire and Police have responded to five fires in the area—the last two caused exterior damage to residential buildings and garages. Investigators believe the fires are connected because of their locations, how they started and what was burned. 

Officials are asking the public to call 911 to report suspicious activity to 911, particularly during the late evening and early morning hours, paying special attention to the subject and his or her mode of transportation.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS. There is a $1,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest.
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