Neighbors say they tried to help Clarke using everything they could find. The victim’s son, Dwayne Clark, attempted to use a pole to stop the attack. Witnesses say one man even tried to use his truck to run over the animals. Eventually an off-duty Detroit Police officer, Tyrone Gray, was driving by and shot and killed one of the dogs. A second dog ran across the street and into a nearby school.
“In my fifteen year career, this is probably the worst situation I’ve ever seen in my life,” Gray told us. “I’ve seen a lot. But to see this, it really touches my heart.”
Neighbors say this is not the first time they have seen the pit bulls roaming the area.
Resident Rhene Lee said, “I saw the effects of it, and it was awful. It ripped part of her skull away.” And referring to the nearby school he said, “they just should not have those dogs in there.”
Residents claim the dogs, described as pit bulls, have been living inside a nearby school. Many believe they were being used as protection by whomever is working to renovate the building but that has not been confirmed.
Police called in a K-9 unit which was working to find the second animal involved in the attack.