UPDATE: Officer-involved shooting after woman mauled by dog

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UPDATE 2 p.m.: Police have provided more details regarding an officer-involved shooting after a dog mauled a woman on Rockview Terrace on Wednesday morning.

Police say upon arrival, they discovered an unclothed woman, Maria Shaffer, 33, of Rochester, lying on the ground. She was being mauled by what police described as a large, brown pit bull.

Police say a bystander, Jaime Cruz, 34, of Rochester, was attempting to verbally call the dog off, but was unsuccessful. He allegedly told them to shoot the dog, as it could not be contained. Cruz was later identified as the owner of the dog.

According to Deputy Chief Scott Peters, three officers discharged several rounds from their handguns and a 12 gauge shotgun, killing the dog.

Cruz was hit by an errant round from a handgun and transported to Strong Memorial Hospital. He is in stable condition, recovering from surgery.

Police say it’s unclear if Cruz was hit by a ricochet, or was in the line of fire. All three officers have been placed on administrative leave following an investigation, as is standard protocol after an officer-involved shooting.

Peters says they have no standard protocol for dealing with a vicious dog, but that the officers acted appropriately.

“I have no doubt that the officers saved this woman’s life,” he said.

Shaffer is currently in the ICU in critical condition, with multiple severe wounds to her extremities and torso. She’s expected to survive, but the extent of the damage is unknown.

Police say they’re unsure if this is a domestic incident, or why the woman was unclothed. Police say Shaffer and Cruz had a child together, but their exact relationship is unclear.

There had been no previous calls to the house for either a domestic incident or an animal incident.

Whether any charges will be filed is still undetermined. Police say they haven’t been able to interview either victim, as they were undergoing treatment for their injuries. 

Police are also working with Rochester Animal Services and the Humane Society as part of their investigation.

ORIGINAL: A woman and a bystander have both been hospitalized after the woman was mauled by a dog on Wednesday morning.

At around 1 a.m., Rochester police responded to Rockview Terrace for reports of a 33-year-old woman who was bitten by a dog.

Upon arrival, police say they discovered the woman had been mauled by a pit bull. The dog was killed on scene.

In the process, a 34-year-old male bystander was hit by a projectile. The RPD cannot confirm if it was a bullet.

The woman was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital and remains in critical condition. They bystander was also transported to Strong, and is in guarded, but stable condition.

This is a developing story and News 8 will continue to bring you updates as we learn them.

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