An Orlando police officer shot and killed a dog Wednesday when it tried to attack him after biting a cable technician, records show.
Taylor Turner called 911 about 2:50 p.m. after he was attacked by a PIT BULL while working as a Bright House cable technician, he said, in the 5200 block of Lanette Street — near Raleigh Street and South Kirkman Road.
He told dispatchers he was bleeding and standing in the bed of his work truck for safety, according to an incident report.
When police arrived, Turner said he was trying to service a home in the 5100 block of Letha Street, a block south of Lanette Street.Because the connection for the Letha Street home is located in the backyard of the Lanette Street home, Turner said he drove over to Lanette Street.
When he knocked on the front door of the Lanette Street home to get permission to go into the backyard, a pit bull came from the side of the home and sprinted toward him.
"Turner started to run towards his work truck in an attempt to get away from the dog," police wrote in the report. "The pit bull bit his right thigh, causing him to fall down."
Turner also bruised his left arm and hand during the fall.
He managed to get into his work truck, away from the dog, and call 911.
As police walked to the sides of the home to try to find and contain the dog until Animal Control arrived, the pit bull started sprinting toward one of the officers.
"I already had my firearm in my hand as I approached due to the fact that the dog had already attacked a person," the officer wrote in the report.
The officer walked backwards as the dog got closer to a chain-link fence. But the When it charged at the officer, he shot the dog four times. The pit bull died from its injuries.
Police called the dog's owner after the shooting to tell her what happened.
She told police that the dog is very playful and has never done anything like that in the past.
"[The owner] appeared to be understanding of the circumstances and stated that she understood why things happened the way that they did," the officer wrote in the report.