A Knox County Sheriff's deputy shot a pit bull that charged at him Thursday morning, a sheriff's spokesperson said.
The incident happened around 8:00 a.m. Thursday in the 6600 block of O'Leary Road, off Brown Gap Road.
KCSO spokesperson Ashley Haynes said a resident complained that her dog had been attacked by a pit pull.
When a sheriff's officer arrived, the pit bull charged at the officer, Haynes said.
The officer shot the dog, and the dog ran off.
Haynes said the pit bull then returned. The owner took it to an animal hospital on Magnolia, escorted by an animal control officer.
The dog that was originally attacked was also transported to a vet.
Haynes said the pit bull's owner has been cited.