AUSTIN TX - AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS ATTACKED BY THE "FAMILY PIT BULL" WHILE PLAYING VIDEO GAMES - AN OFFICER ARRIVED AND WAS ATTENDING TO THE GIRL'S WOUNDS WHEN THE PIT ATTACKED HER AGAIN AS WELL AS THE OFFICER SO HE WAS FORCED TO SHOOT IT
An Austin police officer was attacked by a dog Tuesday night while responding to a call in South Austin.
It happened at approximately 6:15 p.m. in the 3100 block of Powell Circle.
The APD Watch Commander says an officer responded to a call of a dog attacking a child. When the officer arrived the dog bit the officer -- who then shot the dog.
Austin-Travis County EMS says three patients were evaluated at the scene. Two adult males and one female child. One officer was taken to a nearby hospital with potentially serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Another officer refused medical attention.
The 11-year-old girl, who was playing video games when the dog attacked her, was taken to Dell Children's Medical Center with serious, non-life threatening injuries.
The girl's uncle has told CBS Austin the child is still in the hospital as of Wednesday afternoon and has bite marks on her shoulder and leg. The man added this was "A FAMILY DOG THAT HAS NEVER SHOWN AGGRESSION BEFORE."
APD officials at first said the dog had not been killed and was taken by Animal Control, along with a second dog. Officers at the scene of the shooting have told CBS Austin crews the dog died from injuries sustained in the shooting.