Police officers shot and killed a pit bull after it attacked two members of the public on Angle Street. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Police officers shot and killed a pit bull after it attacked two members of the public on Angle Street. *Photo by Kageaki Smith

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 3:15pm UPDATE: A police officer shot and killed a pit bull this afternoon after it attacked two people.

It is the first time a firearm has been discharged by an officer in “recent days”, said Acting Chief Inspector Cal Smith.

The dog’s owner, a 19-year-old man, has been arrested and is in police custody.

The incident happened after a Government dog warden went to a home in the Angle Street area after a report of animal cruelty.

Mr Smith said: “Upon arrival, police located the person in question and the male was confronted about the possession of the dog.

“As a result of a conversation, a chase ensued.

“The owner was pursued by police.

“Two members of the public were attacked by the dog and received injuries.”

Mr Smith continued: “The police officer who attended was one of our armed officers and the firearm was discharged and the dog was killed.”