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Chief: Police threatened after dog shot dead

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — Angry threats have been pouring into a Southern California police station after a video that was widely circulated on the Internet showed an officer fatally shooting a Rottweiler, police said Wednesday.

Hawthorne Police Department employees are getting “criminal threats of harm” after the video surfaced showing a uniformed officer shooting the dog four times Sunday, said Chief Robert Fager.

The shooting occurred after police surrounded a home where a gunman reportedly robbed two people.