Woman shot as cops fire at charging pitbulls

Dog also shot during warrant-related shooting in Willard.
Cary Ashby
Dec 21, 2012


A woman sustained a minor injury when her foot was shot as police used a search warrant Wednesday afternoon. Two Willard men were arrested on felony drug charges.

The 19-year-old Toledo woman was hit in the foot by a bullet about the time officers fired at two charging pitbull dogs, police said. The incident happened at 1:58 p.m. at 631 Pleasant St., Willard.

"No one was killed. It was a minor injury," Willard Police Chief Mark Holden said.

Willard EMS transported the woman to Mercy Willard Hospital, where she was treated and released. Police, citing the ongoing investigation, declined to name the woman.

"We aren't sure what her role is. She needs to be interviewed," Holden said.

An officer who fell as the dogs charged also went to Mercy Willard for treatment. Police also declined to release his name.

When police arrived at 631 Pleasant St. to use the warrant, a male subject saw them and ran into an apartment.

"As he opened the door, two large pitbulls ran from the apartment and charged the officers (who) were pursuing the resident," Holden said.

"As the dogs approached the officers, one officer fired his weapon at the animals and fell as he was trying to retreat. Other officers also fired as the dogs charged the fallen officer," he said.

A Church Street resident who lives about a half block away saw police arrive.

The man, who declined to be identified, said he "heard gun shots automatically" after the officers got out of their vehicles. He estimated the officers fired multiple shots no more than 15 seconds after their arrival.

"And all of a sudden a loud scream," the man said.

One of the dogs was hit and later captured by the Huron County Dog Warden's Office. It was released and transported to a veterinary clinic for treatment.

The witness said he thought police shot both dogs and the woman ran away.

Kyle E. Zarcone, 19, of 309 Dale Ave., and Anthony R. Hicks, 19, of 607 Pleasant St., were arrested and transported to the Huron County Jail. Zarcone was charged with possession of a controlled substance and Hicks was charged with trafficking in marijuana.

Police reported seizing unspecified "evidence indicative of drug trafficking" and a safe. Officers expect to use a search warrant on the safe later.

Willard is handling the ongoing drug investigation.

Holden called in the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to handle the shooting investigation. He said his department will remain "hands off."

"They're going to figure out what happened," Holden said about BCI.



FYI: those dogs are like puppys, yes they are full grown but would never attack anyone!!! they did not charge the officers, they were running away from the screaming of the officers!! and were shot for no reason, these dogs are very kid friendly and did not deserve to be shot!!! these cops should have let the DOG WARDEN that they brought with them handle these dogs!!!!

believe it

I highly doubt they were running away from the cops. Why would they shoot at dogs running in the opposite direction of them? I tend to believe the officers that say they were charging at them than a druggie.

Dr. Information

@believe it.....look at the poster and what you are dealing with. Drug user supporting a drug user. I too find it real hard to believe the dogs were shot at while they were running away. Makes no sense at all, but then again it goes back to what I was just saying about the people on here defending the drug users in our area.


And this is first-hand information, Mitchell?

Mommy Realist

I completely agree with you Mitchell!!!


Of course you are for the drug dealers. Got to stick together.


Especially with a 9mm or whatever pistol these cops were using. I hunt rabbits with a shotgun and I miss (just once in while) and it is much much easier with a shotgun.


LOL. Keystone Cops.

Yall Make Me Sick

She was from Toledo? So now ppl are coming to Willard to get drugs instead of Willard going somewhere else. Well well surprise surprise. Come on people wake up! If you wasn't doing the drugs in the first place you wouldn't have these kinds of problem. And according to the paper she sub stained MINOR injuries. Don't say anything about surgery. So do I believe everything posted in the paper. NO!!!!! The cops was doing their job if you don't wanna be involved then don't go to a drug house. Plain & simple.

believe it

She's originally from Willard though, I think her address right now might be Toledo. But the point is still the same....just stop doing drugs people!!

Mommy Realist

you will find out the truth in the end.... waiting patiently to read your comments then.....I'm sure you won't have anything to say when they prove foul play!!!

Yall Make Me Sick

You know first hand you was there & had a front row seat. You sound crazy. If you ain't doing drugs then you wouldn't be at a drug house. SIMPLE.. So now stop blaming the cops who are just trying to clean that drug infested town up. Come on. Some people who like to blame others cause their right there in the middle of it all. You know a lot about this situation let me guess your little friend told you all about it right? So because of that let's put the blame on the cops & not the junkies right. Stop it.

mommy reallist

@ yall no i was cleaning my car out and watched... I have no clue who these people are there you go judging again lol

Dr. Information

@mommy....because thats what most normal people are doing. Cleaning their car outside when it is snowing sideways and blowing 30+ mph. Your story reeks of CRAP, just like you.

Yall Make Me Sick

Ha. I have to agree. We all clean our cat out when it's very very cold out or it snows. And then we just watch what goes on at our neighbors house. Um ya doubt it but nice try. O there I go again Judging.


Everyone knows who these people are. Who are you trying to fool?


I do not blame the officers for protecting themselves however, I think pepper spray may have worked better in this situation. The officers may need training in keeping a cool head and selecting the appropriate amount of force to use. I also question the amount of intelligence used when setting up the warrant. Didn't they know the owner had dogs?? Since the pitbulls were used as a weapon against the officers other charges should be tacked on with the drug charges.

Mommy Realist

the door was open and the dogs didn't charge them at all! that is all a lie and the dog was taken in by a good samaritan not the dog warden!!

Otis B. Driftwood

Willard cops have a search warrant but fail to recognize there are two dogs in the house during their surveillance. Great Mickey mouse police work. SMH.


It could be something easily missed...maybe they have a fenced in yard that is not visible where the dogs go outside? I don't know??? I think you have to leave it to the Cops to do their jobs and, yes, sometimes I'm sure there are things that can go wrong in certain jobs and some things that couldn't have gone better. Very hard to have an emergency or high-risk situation go perfect.

Dr. Information

Because that is exactly what they are looking for dogs....SHM!


ok first id like to say that im not saying all pitbulls are sweet an lovey, but i also dont believe that theyre all mean either.... the paper throws around the word "charging" umm why because it sounds scarier than running.My dad has a lab an it runs barking to the door everytime someone comes over. Should he be shot? Not sure of the second dog but the dog that they did manage to shoot was not found an transported to the vet by Huron county dog warden.Theres lie number 1 I know this because neither me my boyfriend or the 3 other ladies that found an wrapped up the dog an transported it work for huron county. At the time we had no idea what had happened to the dog. It appeared to have been hit by a car. Obvious broken leg but no indication of what else was going on with her. Im not the dog whisperer but wouldnt you think a dog that needed to be shot beacuse it was "charging" people woulda been growling or something while laying there in pain? She layed there an at times licked whoever was petting her. I dont believe this dog was shot for any other reason then beacuse it was a pit bull.As far as the woman shot maybe she will learn her lesson an not hang with drug dealers. sorry but the truth hurts.

Lillie Chaos

Thank you for your compassion for the injured dog. Sad an animal has to suffer because of human actions.

Dr. Information

@lillie You said it perfectly. Its sad that a dog had to suffer because its owners are doing and selling drugs. Don't blame the police for doing their job, blame the TRASH in huron county that keeps our police force so busy. Lock one druggie up and he is replaced by 2.

Mommy Realist

the other one ran towards Plymouth I hope they find him if he isn't already dead :/


Pitbulls are great animals in the hands of people who don't need them to guard their drugs or illegal doings.Any dog can be mean and attack. As for the police don't you guys ever think they are tired of being charged at by dogs. Sometimes they have to do what is needed.the blame needs to be on the idiots with the drugs not on the police the whole situation would never have happened without the drugs


here we go again with the dog stereotyping if it was any other dog besides a pittbull it would have said just dog im sick of the mass media slandering a pitt i know this has nothing to do with the raid


I thought the police officers involved in a shooting were put on leave, until an investigations was atleast concluded?

Lillie Chaos

More law enforcement bad publicity. People are using dogs as a first line of defense. Is it right? Who can say at this point in the Wild West of Huron County. They are a great deterrent to thieves looking for something to steal for drug money. If you don't know who might be prowling around it is a good idea to send the dog out first or in your residence first if you are uncomfortable going in alone. A barking dog does not always mean a biting dog but the dog can be a key factor in personal protection. It also gives the home owner a chance to locate the personal protection if needed. Pretty bad scenario but it is a reality -- I don't like it but I understand it. The worst part is like guns the bad guys have dogs too. We have dog control. It is necessary--just like some level of gun control. We can not blame the dogs any more than we can blame guns. We have to take individual responsibility.


First off, I believe even though they were executing a warrant search the lady / owner of the dogs should have been given time to kennel or lock up the animals.. I believe that the willard pd should not have "rushed" the house, in their haste of executing the warrant people/animals were injured. Shouldn't that fall on the Willard PD's shoulders and the pitbulls are not at fault they were protecting the home. Hell I own a cat who charges people who walk in my door. So if the cops came rushing in are they going to shoot my cat. Come one people its obvious the Willard PD is at fault here.