MCSO deputy shoots charging pit bull

Posted at 2:04 PM, Mar 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-05 19:47:25-05

A pit bull is recovering after it was shot by a Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy Saturday morning.

The incident happened at a home near Ellsworth Road and University Drive.

According to MCSO, deputies were about to serve a search warrant at the home when officers approached a woman in the driveway to ask if someone else was home. 

At that time the pit bull made it past a screen door and charged toward them.

Deputies say they were at the sidewalk when the dog charged toward them, and said that one officer chose to shoot the dog for their own safety.

"One of our deputies jumped in the back of a pickup truck in an attempt to retreat and the other deputy who was on the radio with dispatch turned to see the dog was right there and had no other choice but to draw his weapon and fire." MCSO spokeswoman Officer Courtney Palma said.

Officials say the dog is still alive and being cared for.