PIQUA — A Piqua police officer shot and killed an aggressive pit bull on Saturday afternoon after the animal reportedly charged the officer while growling and baring its teeth.
What prompted the incident was a report of a subject being chased by two pit bulls on the 600 block of Second Street on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.
“The officer was advised that two pit bulls … had come out into the street, charging at him [the complainant] as he was walking on the sidewalk,” Deputy Chief Marty Grove with the Piqua Police Department said. “The complainant advised that he actually had to throw a rock at them to get them to stop.”
The dogs were reportedly back inside of a residence when the officer arrived at the scene. A white pit bull immediately ran up to a screened window next to the door growling and snarling at the officer. According to Grove, the officer believed that the dog was actually going to come through the screened window.
The officer then backed away from the residence.
“A resident inside the house opened the door, and the pit bull forced its way out by the subject and came out to the officer,” Grove said.
According to Grove, the dog was charging towards the officer while the officer continued to backpedal.
“Unfortunately, the dog did not stop,” Grove said. The officer fired one shot at the dog when it was approximately two feet away from him.
“Unfortunately, the dog was deceased then from that one gun shot wound,” Grove said.
The Piqua Police Department has received complaints about pit bulls running at large in connection with this residence in the past.
“This case is currently still under investigation,” Grove said.
The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.
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