WATCH: Indiana Cop Shoots Fellow Cop in Back while Serving Warrant

Lafayette police blamed a dog for the accidental shooting.

The Lafayette Police Department of Indiana released body cam footage today showing an officer accidentally shooting a female officer in the back as they attempted to serve a warrant earlier this week.

The shooting has since been determined "accidental" by the police review board, according to theindychannel.com.

Video shows officer Aaron Wright shooting fellow officer Lane Butler in the back after a dog broke out of its cage and charged towards them.

Lane Butler and Aaron WrightLafayette Police Department

As officers Wright and Butler attempted to rush out of the house away from the dog, Wright's hand apparently hits the door and discharges his gun, striking officer Butler in the back.

Officer Kurt Sink's body cam shows the bullet go through the door.

"From the moment the dog began to force its way out of the cage, the officers were faced with just a few options in fractions of a second," Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly said after viewing the videos.

Chief Flannelly says officer Wright never meant to discharge his gun.

"When we asked him he flat out said he had no intention of shooting the dog," he said.

"Officer Wright, from the moment on scene, he took full responsibility and was devastated by the unintentional discharge of his firearm."

Flannelly said the footage shows accidents can unfold in a fraction of a second and didn't personally fault officer Wright, who is expected to return to active duty next week.

The suspect for which the officers were serving a warrant was not apprehended, but does not pose an immediate threat to the public, according to the Journal & Courier.

Watch the full-length video, from two different angles, below.

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Agent76
Agent76

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adamhammer
adamhammer

When cops screw up the chief of police call these mistakes and when the rest of us do the same thing they are called misdemeanors or Felonies! This chief of police instead of terminating this cop before he shoot ’s someone else goes into full excuses mode and then some!

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

My one and only question is, 'Why the hell did they have their guns out to begin with? Obviously expected to shoot somebody or something. Too these idiots in blue, serving a warrant is extremely dangerous. LOL. No such thing as a smart and good cop. They are useless, dangerous, criminals that have the power to kill us without blame. America the Free. Hah!

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Joe Watusi
Joe Watusi

As a former LEO, I have to say that these officers need more training on gun safety. On a case like this one, a gun can only be discharge when someone has the finger on the trigger. If the officer had no intention to shoot the dog; why was his gun in his hand and the finger on the trigger? This is proof of how undisciplined these guys are when using lethal force for no reason at all.