Sher­iff’s deputy uses gun to stop at­tack­ing dog

Pit bull bit man on leg, could not be pulled off

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - MICHAEL SYKES II msykes@somd­

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.

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