A German Shepherd from Atlanta reportedly went out as a hero this week after jumping in front of a group of children who were fired upon during an alleged road rage incident.
According to 11alive.com, the dog in question found itself in the middle of a tense situation when a man followed a family’s SUV to a strip mall on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. When the cars were in close enough proximity to one another, the gunman allegedly opened fire on a Chevy Suburban that had “at least three children” inside of it.
That’s when the dog jumped into action.
"They hit the back of his car (with bullets)," a witness told 11alive.com. "The dog, I guess, jumped in front of the bullet to save one of the children and the wife."
Another person who saw what transpired confirmed that account.
"The dog took the bullet for the kids so the kids would be safe," the witness said.
Atlanta Police Sgt. Gregory Lyon offered a brief statement regarding the scary scene that played out.
"They were fired upon and their family was terrorized," he said. "They survived that only to find that their pet is now gone. It's sad for the whole family, especially the day after Thanksgiving."
The dog is said to have run behind a building at the scene of the shooting and died a short time later.