PASADENA, Md. —
Anne Arundel County police said an off-duty officer with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department shot and killed a pit bull that was attacking him.
Police said a preliminary investigation shows the pit bull had escaped from a home on Vena Lane. The dog appeared aggressive, growling and approaching residents in the neighborhood, police said.
A resident of the neighborhood asked the off-duty officer for assistance. The officer was attempting to guide the dog back to its home when it charged and attacked the officer’s leg, authorities said.
Police said the officer drew and discharged his issued departmental weapon, striking the dog. The dog ran then collapsed a few yards away.
The off-duty officer suffered minor injuries to his leg as a result of a bite, police said.