NEWPORT NEWS—Officers and detectives from the Newport News Police Department shot and killed a pit bull who they observed attacking a 12-year-old boy on Friday.
Police spokesman Lou Thurston said detectives "made the decision to protect the child and others in the area." No injuries were reported.
The incident happened around 8:35 p.m. Friday in the 4400 block of Baughman Court. The officers saw the dog attempting to knock the boy down and bite him, at which point they shot the dog. The dog died at the scene.
At the time of the incident, the dog was with a man who was not the dog's owner. The owner has since been located. Thurston said no charges have been filed at this point. The case remains under review, and all of the officers and detectives involved remain on regular duty.