A police officer investigating a report of a burglary in northern New Jersey went to the wrong address and killed a dog that lunged at him.

Wyckoff police received a report of a possible break-in at 621 Lawlins Road on Wednesday.

Police Chief Benjamin Fox tells The Record (http://bit.ly/1bYaZVi ) newspaper that Officer Kyle Ferreira went to 622 Lawlins by mistake.

Fox says no one answered at the front door so the patrolman went around back, entered through an unlocked fence gate and spotted an open window. Fox says he drew his revolver and approached, and a growling German shepherd lunged out the window, bit the officer's foot and latched on.

The chief says the officer fired his gun four times, striking the dog twice. The dog later died.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com