Officer shoots dog during DUI arrest in Va. Beach

Theodore Stephen Schlossman. Credit: Virginia Beach Police Department.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — An investigation is underway after Beach police say they fatally shot a suspect’s dog during a DUI arrest.

Police say the incident happened around 9:20 p.m. on Monday as they tried arresting Theodore Schlossman in the parking lot of Quick Mart on Norfolk Avenue.

Schlossman admits he was drunk and had marijuana on him, but says his dog was calm during the arrest.

Schlossman told 10 On Your Side from jail on Tuesday that he parked at Quick Mart after realizing he was too drunk to drive. He says he had two beers and a shot before getting into his vehicle.

An image of the scene Monday night. Credit: PJ Saston.

Police say they pulled Schlossman over at the convenience store in his green Chevy Tahoe ater someone called to report a possible intoxicated driver .
At some point, police say Schlossman began to resist arrest and released his dog. Officers shot the dog after it became aggressive, according to a police report.
Schlossman dies “releasing” his dog on police.

“The cop searched my vehicle with my dog in the truck,” he said. “If [the dog] was going to do something to him, he would have done it then. His tail was wagging when he was standing next to me. That’s not a sign of aggression, and his tail was wagging after he was shot laying on the ground.”

Schlossman believes video of the encounter would tell the full story; however, police say they do not yet have video of the incident.

Police say the officers were on motorcycles, so there is no dash camera footage, and they were not wearing body cameras. Police say they are still working to learn if video from convenience store picked up any of the action.

Schlossman says his dog was a four-year-old American Bulldog and did not deserve to die.

“That was my partner,” said Schlossman. “He came to work with me everyday. He was always with me. He was my buddy.”

Anne Hines says she witnessed the incident after buying lottery tickets at the Quick Mart.

“The dog wasn’t barking or anything. He didn’t act aggressive,” said Hines.

A judge denied bond for Schlossman on Tuesday. He faces a list of charges charges related to the incident — driving under the influence, refusal to submit to breath analysis, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, possession of a schedule II narcotic, possession of marijuana and threatening the life of a law enforcement officer.

Schlossman will stay locked up in the Virginia Beach City Jail until his preliminary hearing on Nov. 3.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates to this developing story.