Police officer shoots pit bull that attacked him in Pasadena


An Anne Arundel County police officer shot and wounded a pit bull last night after being attacked by two of the dogs while responding to a domestic incident in Pasadena, police said.

The incident happened about 9 p.m. in the first block of Tennessee Ave. as two officers arrived at the house.

One officer, walking toward the door, noticed a pit bull running around the house, police said.

The officer knocked on the door, and when a woman answered, he pushed her inside to escape the dog and yelled for his partner to stay in the patrol car.

Another pit bull appeared, police said, and both dogs attacked Officer Roger Crawford, who had left the patrol car and was bitten in the upper left leg.

Crawford shot one of the dogs, and the other "probably stopped [attacking] after that," said Sgt. Edward Bergin.

Crawford was being treated at North Arundel Hospital. The dog was taken to a local animal hospital, Bergin said.

No details about the nature of the domestic incident were available.

Pub Date: 7/12/99

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