Gets Up After 6 Bullets
Oak Ridge, TN - An Oak Ridge police officer was forced to shoot an aggressive pit bull 11 times after the dog attacked and critically injured another dog. Animal control officer Don Russell responded to the initial call, but then called the Police Department for "dispatch" help. Russell found the pit bull covered in blood in the back yard of 121 Wellington Circle, standing over the other dog. The injured dog, which Russell believed to be dead, was lying on the ground.
"When Officers Matt Tedford and Christine Graham arrived, Tedford decided not to shoot the dog at that point because of safety. Wellington Circle residences on the south side of the street back up to West Outer Drive between Jefferson Avenue and Wayne Road, and against a cul de sac on the north side. Reports said several residents were standing nearby and the houses are close together and yards back up against each other.
But then the dog became aggressive and charged at the officers, reports said.
Tedford shot the dog six times causing the dog to drop to the ground, reports said. The dog, however, reportedly tried to get up, got aggressive and tried to bite at Tedford, who had walked over to check it. At that point, he shot the dog five more times, killing it, reports said.
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