PIT BULL TRIGGER: THE OWNER SAYS HE FELL DOWN AND HIS PIT BEGAN ATTACKING HIM.
Police officers shot a PIT BULL two times after the dog tried to attack them Saturday night in central Sioux Falls, police said.
Police were at the intersection of W. Sixth Street and N. West Avenue at around 9 p.m. trying to determine where a child who was found in the area belonged.
At that point, a passerby alerted the officers that a dog was attacking a man in a road adjacent to Burnside Park, Sgt. Michael Olson said in a news release.
Two officers ran to the scene while another took the child into a patrol car. Once the officers approached, the pit bull stopped attacking the man and ran toward the officers, Olson said. One officer fired a shot that struck the dog, but the dog continued toward them. A second officer fired another shot and struck the dog again, resulting in the dog stopping in the middle of West Avenue, Olson said. The dog was transported by Sioux Falls Animal Control for medical treatment.
Upon investigation, police determined the victim who had been initially attacked by the dog was actually the dog's owner, Olson said. The man had been in an altercation with another man while seated in the passenger seat of a White Crown Victoria at Burnside Park. He told police he was robbed, and as he exited the vehicle, he was attacked by the dog.
The man said he had been attacked by two to five people inside the car, but the passerby who alerted police of the dog said he only saw one other person in the vehicle, Olson said.
The victim sustained a bite to his left thumb, a swollen left cheek, a swollen left eye and abrasions to his left elbow. He declined medical treatment, Olson said.
The victim told police he knew the man who was in the car. He described him as a black man who he only knows as "Memphis," Olson said.