Experts say it would have been hard to prevent K-9 shooting by Baltimore cop

By Peter Hermann
Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — To understand the sometimes perilous work of being a police dog, it's helpful to remember that the animals react to danger far differently than humans do.

"We see somebody with a gun or a weapon ... we will get out of the way," said Officer Steven W. Sturm, a dog trainer with the Baltimore Police Department. "Dogs react totally the opposite. They go. No matter what they see, they're going to be going unless we call them off."

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