Police kill 'aggressive' pit bull in Ogden

Jan 30 2012 - 7:18am

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Ogden Police Officers investigate the scene where an unleashed pitbull mix was shot and killed by two Ogden officers responding to an unrelated investigation in Ogden on Saturday.
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Ogden Police Officers investigate the scene where an unleashed pit bull mix was shot and killed by two officers in Ogden on Saturday.
NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner
Ogden Police Officers investigate the scene where an unleashed pitbull mix was shot and killed by two Ogden officers responding to an unrelated investigation in Ogden on Saturday.
NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner
Ogden Police Officers investigate the scene where an unleashed pit bull mix was shot and killed by two officers in Ogden on Saturday.

OGDEN -- A pit bull dog approaching three Ogden police officers in an "aggressive manner" was shot as many as three times and killed Saturday.

A woman who witnessed the shooting was hit by a piece of debris sent flying by a bullet but did not receive a serious injury.

The incident occurred at 2 p.m. at 1025 Patterson St., Ogden Police Lt. Scott Conley said. Police were in the area in checking on a person of interest in an unrelated burglary case.

The officers approached the house while following up on a burglary case when the "pit bull breed" came from the backyard of the home and approached them in an aggressive manner, Conley said.

"The dog began circling the officers," he said.

Officers instructed a 31-year-old woman who was standing in the driveway to take control of her dog, Conley said, but the woman said it wasn't her dog.

The dog then began to approach an officer who fired one shot, Conley said. He didn't know whether that round struck the dog.

The dog then turned toward a second officer, who shot it twice, Conley said. The dog ran to the back of the home, where it died.

Conley said the officers were not injured.

When the guns were shot, debris struck the woman standing in the driveway, causing a superficial wound to the ring finger of her left hand, Conley said. The woman was treated at the scene by medical personnel and released.

Debris also struck a Ford Taurus parked in the driveway, he said.

Terry Lucas, who lives in the area, said she heard three shots fired.

"It went pow, pow, pow," Lucas said describing the noise she heard.

Lucas said she did not actually see the officer shoot the dog but did hear it. She went to the scene and saw "blood in the gutter" before it was covered.

"I wasn't sure if it was her blood," Lucas said of the woman who appeared to be bleeding from her hand, "or the dog's blood."

Another neighbor reported in the three years she has lived in that area police have been to that home "10 to 20 times," and animal control officers about 10 times.

The dog was shot just three blocks from the site of the Jan. 4 shooting that killed one police officer and wounded five others.

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