AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- An Austin police officer checking a complaint about an aggressive dog drew his .45 and shot a pit bull as it was charging at him in a backyard Sunday morning.
Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger says the officer was investigating a complaint about a St. Bernard chasing a bicyclist near 11th Street and 11th Avenue NW about 8:30 a.m., and the violent confrontation with the pit bull came when the officer followed a lead to a nearby yard. The police chief said the St. Bernard was in the yard, barking and growling at the officer.
"He was standing by the northeast corner of the house, and ten to twelve feet away a back door opened and a man's head popped out, and a pit bull came charging out," said Chief Krueger. "The dog was charging right at him, so he felt he had to protect himself, and fired one shot, striking the dog in the head."
The officer and the pit bull's owner took the animal to Austin Veterinary Clinic where the dog was euthanized.
In the meantime, another police officer arrived on the scene to follow up on the St. Bernard and its owner, and gave a 37-year-old woman living at the home a citation for "Dog Running At-Large."
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