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Officer hit by friendly fire while executing search warrant

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(WMC-TV) – Police cars filled the street at Berkshire and Ozark Tuesday afternoon after an MPD officer was accidentally shot while serving a search warrant.

Many of the officers on the scene were with the organized crime unit and concentrating on one house in particular.

"It's crazy," said one of the neighbors. "It's crazy that's what everybody thinks right now."

Residents watched the aftermath of a narcotics search warrant by organized crime at the house.

"It looked like they were busting in the house," said a neighbor. "I heard they dragged out five people."

"Officers forced entry into the residence and were attacked by three pit bulls," Police director Toney Armstrong said. "Officers fired several shots."

Two of the dogs were killed and one of the bullets fired by the MPD went through a door and struck 45-year-old Officer Calvin Taylor in the legs. Taylor is a 15 year veteran of the police force.

He was taken by ambulance to the MED in non-critical condition, and was later released overnight.

Taylor is the second officer hit by friendly fire in the past few months while executing a search warrant.

Neighbors in the Nutbush community said the street is a haven for drug dealers.

"Everywhere there's drugs, crack cocaine, heroin, this is the crack track right here," said a neighbor.

A crack track many residents said is filled with brazen drug dealers.

"I pull up at that store they're knocking on my window, what do you need, it's that bad," said a local resident.

Police did take several occupants of the house into custody. At this point it is unclear if anyone has been charged.

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