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Hays Co. Deputy Kills Pit Bull During Investigation

Updated: Monday, June 16 2014, 03:56 PM CDT

A Hays County deputy shot and killed a pit bull Sunday afternoon during an assault investigation after the dog allegedly charged at him and a colleague.

It happened at around 12:15 a.m. at a home in the 300 block of Harmon Hills in Dripping Springs.

Investigators say the deputies were investigating a reported altercation between the property owner and tenant when the shooting happened.

Authorities say the victim of the alleged assault had the deputies enter his home to speak with them about the incident -- but he did not secure his pit bull.

The dog began growling and a deputy asked if it was friendly, but before he could finish his question the pit bull dog immediately charged him, investigators say.

The deputy stepped aside and was able to avoid the dog but it then directed its attention to the second deputy -- charging, snarling and trying to bite him, officials say.

The deputy kicked at the dog in an effort to stop it but it continued advancing aggressively.

The first deputy pulled his sidearm and shot the dog -- it then turned and advanced on him and the deputy fired again, killing the pit bull, investigators say.

The deputies were not injured.

Hays Co. Deputy Kills Pit Bull During Investigation

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