Cocke Co. deputy says he killed pit bull that charged him

1:06 PM, Jun 19, 2012   |    comments
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A Cocke County deputy says he shot and killed a pit bull that was charging at him.

According to the incident report, Deputy Michael Whitmer was called to a home on Bogard Rd. in Newport on June 14, to investigate a dog bite.

The homeowner said the pit bull had attacked a dachshund, causing severe injuries.  She said the dog had been wandering around the area for several days, and no one knew who owned it.

Deputy Whitmer said the dog was in the front yard barking at him when he arrived.  He said when he got out of the car, it started walking toward him and growling, then, according to the report, it "charged towards me and lunged at me with his mouth open." 

Whitmer said he fired 6 shots at the dog before it stopped attacking.  He said the dog walked back into the yard and collapsed, and he shot it once more to "stop its suffering." 



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