A PIT BULL was shot Tuesday after it attacked a narcotics officer trying to search a Biloxi home, Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said today. At about 12:45 p.m., members of the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Biloxi Police Department Special Crimes Unit assisted the sheriff's department's narcotics division with a state-issue search warrant for the home at 302 West Drive.
While securing the residents, agents on the narcotics enforcement team encountered an aggressive pit bull in the back yard of the home, Brisolara said. The dog, which was not chained, attacked an agent and was shot by assisting agents. The agent suffered multiple lacerations and puncture wounds to his left hand, but he was treated and released on the scene.
The dog owner had no immunization records, so Biloxi Police Animal Control took the animal to test it for diseases. Inside the home, about 1 gram of methamphetamine, various prescription medications, used and new syringes and other paraphernalia were found.
Agents determined that the drug suspect was not on scene at the time of the search warrant, and agents plan to obtain warrants for his arrest.
Other arrests will follow pending analysis from the Mississippi Crime Lab, the sheriff said.