A man was injured by a bullet after a police officer shot an aggressive dog outside a QuikTrip near 19th and Southern avenues Thursday morning.
Sgt. Jonathan Howard with the Phoenix Police Department said people went into the QT at about 4 a.m. and contacted an officer who happened to be inside the store. They said there was an aggressive dog attacking people out front.
As the officer went outside to warn others and call for animal control to respond, a 53-year-old man exited the store and was bitten by the dog, Howard said.
The officer tried to manhandle the dog, but he was bitten in the arm. Howard said the officer then shot the dog and the man was hit by one of the rounds.
That man was transported to a hospital to be treated for the gunshot and dog bite wounds. His injuries are not life-threatening.
The officer stayed on scene to help investigators and then was taken to a hospital to be treated for the bite injuries.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control officers took the MASTIFF/PIT BULL MIX to the West Valley Animal Care Center. Due to its injuries, the dog was euthanized upon arrival.
MCACC spokeswoman Melissa Gable said the dog did not have a microchip. He was wearing a red collar, but there were no tags or other form of identification.