Monday, August 1, 2011

CSPD officer shoots pit bull while trying to detain man

By Jakob Rodgers, Colorado Springs Gazette

A Colorado Springs police officer fatally shot a pit bull Sunday evening in a southeast Colorado Springs house after it became aggressive with officers, police said.
The shooting happened as police investigated reports of a man firing a gun near the house in the 4100 block of Shining Way earlier that evening, according to Colorado Springs police.
Neighbors told police they saw a man fire a handgun around 6 p.m. before he left in a Jaguar. When officers arrived, the man was gone but three adults were still there — one of whom struggled with officers as they tried to detain him.
During the struggle, an officer shot a pit bull in the head after it “came towards the officers in an aggressive manner.”
A woman at the house, Karissa Chavez, 31, was later arrested on two outstanding misdemeanor warrants and was cited on suspicion of failure to obey a lawful order and child abuse. Three children, ages 6, 11 and 14, were inside the house.
The man believed to have fired the handgun at the house was later found and questioned by police. He was not arrested, police said, though officers are still investigating the case.

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