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Police officer shoots aggressive pitbull in Lakewood

An aggressive pitbull was shot and injured today in Lakewood, police confirmed to TLS.

At approximately 11:45 this morning Officers Cameron Rose and Anthony Prisco were dispatched to Pine Acres Estates in reference to a dog that was running loose in the area.

Upon arrival, the Officers observed a Pitbull running east on Erica Road. The Officers were able to get ahead and attempted to approach the dog in the area of 52 Erica Road.

Officer Rose reported that the dog was acting aggressively towards him as well as a nearby Golden Retriever which was sitting on a neighboring porch. As the pitbull increased his aggression, the golden retriever ran from the porch, through an open gate to a chain link fence and continued into the backyard.

“Fearing that the pitbull may attempt to cause harm to the other dog, Officer Rose attempted to close the open gate, however, the pitbull turned his aggression towards him,” police say. “Rose attempted to create a barrier between the dog and himself by retreating to the other side of his patrol car.”

The pitbull ensued and began to close the gap while growling and snarling at Rose, police said. “Officer Rose retrieved his weapon and fired one round at the dog.”

The dog, which suffered a gunshot wound, ran to a neighboring yard and is awaiting transport to a nearby veterinary hospital.

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