Police Officer Robert Roseboro’s mid-afternoon lunch break Thursday might have saved a life.
Roseboro was doing paperwork and eating lunch in his patrol car near Chamberlain Park, in the 4900 block of North Hartford Avenue, about 1:30 p.m. when he saw two pit bulls attacking a man.
“I was thrown to the ground, and I got hit in the face,” Leon Crawley told KOKI-TV after the attack.
Crawley ran to Roseboro’s patrol car and jumped onto its trunk in an attempt to fend off the attacking dogs.
Roseboro said a bloody Crawley urged him to “shoot ’em; kill ’em.”
He fired two shots, one killing one dog and the other hitting the second dog, which ran away and was later caught by an animal control officer.
Jean Letcher, city of Tulsa animal welfare manager, said the second dog was euthanized Thursday because it was determined that the animal “wouldn’t make it through the night” with its substantial injuries. Letcher said both dogs are being tested for rabies.
The dogs’ owner was cited for having dogs at large. Police said area residents had complained about the animals in the past.
Crawley, who was walking to work when he was attacked, suffered injuries to his face, neck, arms and legs, Roseboro said. He went to a hospital in a private vehicle for treatment.
Roseboro, a 20-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, understood that his presence and actions likely saved Crawley’s life.
“If I had not been there, they (the dogs) probably would have mauled him to death,” he said Friday.