An Adams County deputy fatally shot a PIT BULL Thursday, after the dog bit the deputy on the elbow, the sheriff's office said.
The incident happened just before 1 p.m. in the 500 block of Bronco Road, the sheriff's office said in a media release.
Deputies were dispatched to the block on a report of suspicious activities, the release said.
Deputies were checking a yard when TWO LARGE PIT BULLS came out of a shed and "advanced towards" a deputy. The deputy retreated, but one dog bit the deputy, the sheriff's office said.
Fearing for his safety, the deputy fired his service weapon, hitting the attacking dog.
Adams County Animal Control was called to the scene and took control of both dogs. The dog hit by gunfire died.
The deputy who was bit was taken to a local hospital and treated for the bite.
Area residents told sheriff's office investigators that the dogs had bitten at least two neighbors in the past week. Animal control is investigating the allegations.