Sheriff’s deputy uses gun to stop attacking dog
Pit bull bit man on leg, could not be pulled off
A Charles County Sher- iff’s Office deputy used his service weapon to put down a pit bull that reportedly attacked a man unprovoked at an auto body shop.
At 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, deputies with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at Indy’s Car Care in Indian Head after receiving a call about a man being attacked by a dog. Diane Richardson, spokeswoman for Charles County’s Sheriff’s Office, said when officers arrived on the scene, a local man, 76, was being attacked by a pit bull terrier.
The dog was released from the car care center “for a drink of water,” Richardson said, but immediately went over and attacked the man who was having his car serviced at the center.
The dog grabbed the man’s leg in its jaws and officers tried to dislodge it with a “catch pole,” Richardson said, but could not break it loose. The dog continued its grip of the man’s leg, she said, and nearly went down to the bone.
The dog was hit with a taser, she said, but still would not release its grip. Shortly after, she said, the dog let go of the man, who then attempted to escape. However, she said, the dog prepared to attack both of- ficers and the civilian involved.
Once it became clear the dog was going to attack again, Richardson said, Officer D. El- liot used his service weapon to shoot and kill the dog. Officers checked the area to make sure it was clear before any firearms were discharged.
There were no charges levied by the sheriff’s office in this case, Richardson said, but the matter is still under a separate investigation by the Charles County Emergency Services Animal Control Division.