Teen charged in shooting of Virginia Beach Police officer’s dog to be tried as adult

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Virginia Beach teen charged for breaking into the home of a Virginia Beach Police officer and shooting the officer’s dog will be tried as an adult. 

Virginia Beach Circuit Court upheld the ruling on August 6 to transfer the teen to Circuit Court. His case went to the grand jury on August 20, where he was indicted for Burglary and Conspiracy. He was identified as 18-year-old Dashaun Robinson; he was 17 when the incident happened.

According to the Virginia Beach Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Robinson also faces misdemeanor charges of Animal Cruelty, Discharge Firearm in Public Place and Possession of Gun by Minor.

The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. on December 17 in the 1700 block of Gravenhurst Drive, near Indian River Road and Lynnhaven Parkway.

According to police, four armed suspects forced their way into the home of a Virginia Beach Police officer.

The family’s dog, Zulu, chased the suspects out of the home. One of the suspects then shot Zulu.

The dog survived the shooting.

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