A Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office deputy who stopped to help a Terrytown neighbor frightened by an aggressive pit bull shot the dog when it advanced on him, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. The deputy fired one round, killing the dog, said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
The incident occurred about 4:38 p.m. in the 800 block of Legion Drive in Terrytown. The deputy was driving in the area when he spotted his distressed neighbor, Fortunato said.
The deputy got out to investigate and noticed the dog, which appeared to be agitated. The animal had been running through yards, Fortunato said.
The deputy called Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office 911 dispatchers for help, describing the PIT BULL as foaming at the mouth, according to Fortunato.
But before any other authorities could respond, the Plaquemines Parish deputy shot the dog when it aggressively advanced on him, Fortunato said.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office investigators believe the dog may belong to a resident in the neighborhood, but they had not identified an owner as of Monday evening. It's possible the owner could face charges because the dog was loose, Fortunato said.Stay with NOLA.com for more details as they become available