Newport News police officer shoots pit bull

Posted at 10:33 AM, May 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-18 10:33:54-04

Newport News, Va. – A Newport News police officer shot and wounded a pit bull that was running loose in the 1200 block of 23rd street Saturday night.

Officers were responding to reports of a loose dog and found the black and white pit bull running loose with no owner as several residents watched.

The dog charged the officer as he got out of his car and the officer fired twice, wounding the dog.

Animal Control took control of the wounded dog. Residents say the dog was chasing several people before the police arrived. Its owner was not present during the shooting.

The officer remains on active duty while the department’s Office of Professional Standards conducts an investigation into the shooting.