A PIT BULL was shot and killed in Valdosta Sunday after it attacked a child and a police officer.
According to the Valdosta Police Department, officers responded to a home in the 1500 block of San Bernardino Way around 7:20 p.m. after receiving a call that a 10-year-old boy had been attacked in his front yard by a pit bull.
Police said EMS was called to treat the child who had multiple puncture and tear wounds on both of his legs.
Officers said the 10-year-old was playing in the yard when the dog came up to the child in an "aggressive manner" and attacked him. They also said it was determined the pit bull was running around the neighborhood, unsecured.
Police determined the dog belonged to Gregory Leon Williams, who lives at a residence nearby on San Bernardino Way.
While at Williams' residence, the dog was unsecured and running free. And while the investigating officer was talking to Williams, police reported that the pit bull began to growl and aggressively charge the officer.
According to VPD, the officer then backed away and fired a single shot to defend himself, which fatally injured the dog.
The officer was wearing a body-worn camera that captured the incident and was reviewed by internal affairs and the chief of police.
“We have concluded a complete review of this incident with the help of the officer’s body-camera video and witness statements. In no way did the officer do anything wrong in this case and fault resides solely on the owner of the dog who failed to adequately restrain the dog to avoid this from happening” stated Chief Brian Childress.
No other injuries were reported.
Williams has been charged with restriction of confinement, nuisance animal, and failure to provide proof of rabies.