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Pit bull shot by police in D.C. euthanized

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A D.C. police sergeant shot a pit bull Sunday after the dog attacked a woman in Northwest Washington, authorities said, and the animal was later euthanized.

The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. in the 3400 block of Quebec Street NW, police said in a statement.

"A concerned witness heard the victim screaming for help. He managed to pull the dog, a male pit bull, off the victim, subdued the dog and placed the animal in a cage," the statement read.

However, after police, animal control officers and emergency medical technicians arrived, the statement said, "the dog reportedly became aggressive and got out of the cage. Animal control employees made several unsuccessful attempts to secure the dog. The dog then charged towards one of the responding officers."

The sergeant, whom police did not identify, fired a round from his service weapon, wounding the pit bull. "Animal control officers were then able to secure the dog, which has subsequently been euthanized," the statement said.

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier called it a "tragic incident," but praised the sergeant, a 12-year member of the force, saying he "stopped the dog for attacking anyone else."

Police said the victim, whose name they did not disclose, was hospitalized in stable condition.

-- Paul Duggan

By Washington Post editors  |  December 7, 2009; 4:44 PM ET
Categories:  Paul Duggan , The District  
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