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Posted at 5:54 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Shots fired at charging pit bulls: Police

By Dan Morse

A 20-year-old Bethesda man was charged with drug possession after a bizarre incident Thursday night incident in which police officers shot at two charging pit bulls, officials said Friday.

According to a police account of the matter, Montgomery police were called Thursday night by Baltimore County Police who wanted help locating a possible witness in one of their investigations.

Caviness. (Montgomery Police)

Officers tried to stop a vehicle, and a short pursuit began. Police said they saw the driver toss a plastic bag out the car window.

The vehicle being pursued struck a curb on Highstream Drive, and the male driver and female passenger bailed out, police said.

The woman ran towards a residence known to her and pounded on the door, police said. Someone inside opened the door, and "two pit bulls ran out charging at the responding officers," according to police.

"The officers backed away and the dogs continued to charge. Both a Baltimore County and Montgomery County officer fired at the dogs. One dog's ear was grazed by a bullet. The other dog was believed to be struck in the leg," police said in a statement.

The dogs' owner took them for treatment at a veterinary hospital, a police said Friday, and both survived.

Police said they found what appeared to be marijuana inside the vehicle.

Thomas J. Caviness, of the 7600 block of Arrowood Road, Bethesda, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, second-degree assault on a officer, traffic charges, and littering, police said.

By Dan Morse  | January 7, 2011; 5:54 PM ET
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When are they going to teach cops to shoot straight.? Whenever you see a shoot out on TV 10 cops discharge their weapon and their lucky if one bullet hits. No-wonder everybody shoots back,they have a better than 50/50 chance of getting away.

Posted by: captgrumpy | January 9, 2011 11:11 PM | Report abuse

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