A Portland police officer shot and injured a white PIT BULL that had bitten two people and was trying to attack children at a bus stop in Southeast Portland on Thursday morning.
Police arrived shortly after 8 a.m. at a bus stop in the area of Southeast 60th Avenue and Nehalem Street. The dog was biting a woman, Deidre Shows, who was trying to protect her 9-year-old son and other children.
The dog let go of the woman's leg and charged at the officer. The officer fired one shot, injuring the dog.
"I'm really grateful that she would put herself at risk to protect the kids. And I mean I know it's a difficult situation but that's really courageous of her and she should be commended," said Ryan Wilson, who lives in the area.
The dog was taken into custody by Multnomah County Animal Services.
A man bit on the shin by the dog received medical treatment at the scene. The woman and her son were not injured. The dog reportedly had chased another woman, who had to jump onto a truck to escape the dog.
Officers from the Youth Services Division are at Whitman Elementary School this morning checking on students who were waiting for the bus when the dog attacked.
Portland police are looking for the owner of the dog. If you have any information about the owner, please call police at 503-823-333 or Multnomah County Animal Services at 503-988-7387.