New Castle County Police is investigating after one of it’s officers shot a pit-bull terrier that was charging at him.
Wilmington (DE): A patrol officer with the New Castle County Police Department was attacked by a pit-bull terrier who charged at him as he exited his vehicle at the Five Points Fire Company.
Police say that the officer, who was on duty and not identified, “pulled into the parking lot at the fire company to utilize the lavatory. It wasn’t until after he was already out of his vehicle that he noticed a dog that resembled a pit-bull terrier charging at him from across the parking lot.”, explained police spokesman Michel Eckerd.
After noticing the dog, “the officer attempted to run back to his vehicle, but the dog charged at him and the officer was forced to draw his firearm and shoot the dog.”, Eckerd said.
The dog was located in the parking lot and transported to a local animal hospital where it succumbed to its wounds., Eckerd said.
“During the initial stages of the investigation, the officers learned that this dog has gotten out in the past and had attacked at least one other person.”, Eckerd said. “No civilians or officers were injured during this incident.”
An investigation is ongoing. If you have any video or information regarding this investigation, please contact the New Castle County Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.
Citizens can text a tip anonymously simply by texting the number 847411 keyword: NCCDE or message us on Facebook. You can also submit a tip via our website http://www.nccpd.com or you may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.