Virginia officer cleared in killing man who shot police dog

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A prosecutor in Virginia says he has cleared a police officer of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of a man who killed a police dog and pointed his gun at officers.

In a report released Monday, Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney Gregory Underwood wrote that officers arrived at Keith Richardson's house in January because he put a gun to his wife's head and threatened to kill her.

A standoff ensued between Richardson and police. Underwood said Richardson exited his house after police deployed tear gas but refused to drop his gun and surrender.

Police sent a K-9 named Krijger to subdue Richardson but he shot the dog, and raised his gun toward police. Underwood said officer Vincent Tocco shot Richardson with a rifle from the turret of an armed police vehicle.

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