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Albany policeman bitten by dog ID'd

Photo by Barry Levine

Photo by Barry Levine

ALBANY -- Albany police have identified the officer who was bitten by a dog Saturday while responding to a domestic violence call.

Plyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department, said Monday that Officer Todd Barbree, 43, was bitten on the inner part of his left thigh by a pit bull. The incident occurred about 4:20 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of Ninth Avenue.

The dog, named Bird, was returned to its owner Monday morning, Banks said.

Barbree reportedly fired at least two shots, though Bird, a 60-pound red pit bull, was uninjured. Banks said the discharge of the firearm is still under investigation.

Residents of the neighborhood said Barbree jumped a short fence at a residence that was not the one at which the domestic violence incident was reported.

ALBANY POLICE DEPARTMENT officers responded to at least 30 incidents Saturday and Sunday. The available reports included:

-- Domestic dispute (unfounded) on the 500 block of Swift Street and at Nottingham Way and 12th Avenue;

-- Criminal trespass on the 1500 block of Mitchell Avenue and on the 1900 block of Elkhorn Lane;

-- Simple battery on the 2500 block of Hilltop Drive and at 4 Wayne Way;

-- Battery on the 900 block of West Oglethorpe Boulevard;

-- Obtaining or attempting to obtain drugs by fraud on the 2400 block of Sylvester Road;

-- Entering auto on the 2200 block of East Ogethorpe Boulevard on the 300 block of Pine Avenue;

-- Driving under the influence on the 100 block of Liberty Expressway;

-- Theft by taking on the 300 block of Cordele Road;

-- Driving with a suspended license on the 1400 block of Clark Avenue on the 100 block of North Slappey Boulevard;

-- Wanted person on the 300 block of Station Crossing;

-- Possession of a controlled substance on the 300 block of Odum Avenue. Officer observed Oxycodone during traffic stop for vehicle with headlight out;

-- Disorderly conduct on the 2600 block of Erica Court;

-- Battery on the 1100 block of West broad Avenue;

-- DUI on the 2400 block of Dawson Road;

-- Theft on the 1000 block of West Broad Avenue.

DOUGHERTY COUNTY POLICE responded to 25 calls Sunday, including three incidents:

-- Demented person, 100 block of Northeast Rosewood Drive;

-- Domestic violence (unfounded) in the 3000 block of war Eagle Drive;

-- Traffic accident (private) in the 4000 block of Stagecoach Road.