From The Ledger
Authorities say a sheriff's deputy in northeast Florida shot a pit bull eight times after it attacked him.
According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the dog had been involved in five previous incidents, including two dog bites.
Sheriff's office spokesman Kevin Kelshaw tells The St. Augustine Record that the deputy tried to subdue the dog with his baton before shooting the animal.
The sheriff's office says Deputy Scott Wright had been responding to a complaint Thursday about an aggressive pit bull roaming the neighborhood.
Update October 3, 2011 - The following article is from WJXT:Deputy Shoots, Kills Pit Bull
The neighbor said the dog was growling and he was worried about his two children, so he called police.
A St. John's County Sheriff's deputy arrived at the dog owner's house and no one was home.
Deputies said the dog growled and barked and then ran at the officer. When the deputy realized the dog was not tied up, he drew his baton, according to the police report.
The deputy hit the dog on the head twice with the baton but it did not back down, said detectives.
"There was no other choice other than being bitten himself then to unfortunately take the dog's life which is what he did," said St. John's County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Chuck Mulligan.
The deputy said he shot the dog eight times as he walked away from the property.
"Once I got home, the dog was lying over there on the concrete. He was dead and you could see where they shot him at pretty close range," said Michael Mickler, Sampson's owner.
"He meant the world to me. He was my best friend," Mickler added.