Colorado Springs police shoot pit bull that allegedly charged them

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs police opened fire on a pit bull Sunday after the dog moved toward officers “aggressively and quickly,” police said.

The incident began about 12:30 p.m. at a home in the 800 block of East Cimarron Street, police said. Police responded to the home on a report of “a possible disturbance,” the Colorado Springs Police Department reported.

As officers approached the home’s back door, the pit bull allegedly ran toward them in such a manner that officers feared for their safety. An officer fired multiple shots at the dog.

The dog was struck once in the leg and ran back toward the house, officers said.

Police backed off, and the dog reportedly pursued them. Officers were able to slam and hold a gate until the dog’s owner came outside and wrestled the dog into a crate.

The dog was expected to survive the gunshot wound, CSPD said.

Officers were not able to determine the source of the initial call, but did arrest Patrick Lawrence, 49, on suspicion of owning a dangerous animal.