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LAPD Officer Gets Nasty Bite From Police Dog While Searching For Missing Police Shotgun

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LAPD officers have been scouring the streets of South L.A. for a missing shotgun that fell off an officer's motorcycle on Thursday afternoon. And during the search, a police dog severely bit a veteran officer in the leg.

The shotgun went missing due to a broken locking mechanism on the bike, according to CBS Los Angeles. Authorities started searching around 1 p.m. on Thursday for the shotgun around Vermont Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. It's not clear if it was loaded.

A police dog was brought in to help search for the shotgun; however, in the process, it "somehow bit the officer in the calf area, causing severe and traumatic injury to his leg," said LAPD spokesman Lt. Andy Nieman.

The officer's partner made a tourniquet for him, which likely saved his life, and he was taken to a hospital to undergo surgery and is recovering now. The shotgun was still not found as of Friday afternoon, according to City News Service.