Teen gets 6 years for shooting Virginia Beach cop’s dog during break-in

VIRGINIA BEACH — A teenager has been sentenced to six years in custody for shooting and wounding a police officer’s dog during a break-in at the officer’s home.

Dashaun Robinson, 18 was sentenced Tuesday and will stay in a juvenile detention facility until he turns 21.

Robinson pleaded guilty to charges including armed burglary and animal cruelty in the 2017 incident that seriously wounded the Virginia Beach police officer’s pit bull named Zulu.

Prosecutors say Robinson was 17 when he went to the officer’s house to confront the officer’s teenage cousin for talking to his girlfriend. Robinson and two friends kicked in the door and ran inside with a stolen gun.

Records show Robinson shot the dog as it chased the teens out of the house.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.