Owner charged after cop shoots 2 pit bulls, killing one

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GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A Goose Creek police officer says he had to shoot two pit bulls that charged at him last Saturday, killing one and injuring the other.

Officers with the Goose Creek Police Department found the dogs in the area of Crowfield Boulevard near the lake system on Saturday just before 5 p.m. Residents at homes on Guilford Drive and Candleberry Circle had called authorities saying two pit bulls were attacking their dogs.

Police said they first attempted to use a catch stick in the capture but said both dogs became very aggressive when they tried to get closer to them. Officers then tried to throw beef jerky out towards the dogs to calm them down, but said that the pit bulls would not enter the patrol car when they tried to use jerky to lure them inside.

The incident report states that officers then decided to call an animal control officer and to wait it out until he got there, but soon a group of joggers came in the area, once again exciting the animals. Officers said the animals then began to charge at them before backing down. On the third rush, the police officer said the dogs were within 10 feet of them and showed no signs of slowing down, so he fired 3 shots.

The first shot struck one pit bull in the head, killing it instantly. The second and third shots hit the other pit bull in his right side. That dog ran off and was found and secured at Middleton Park by a 24-year-old man.

At that point the animal control officer arrived on the scene. The animal control officer took both pit bulls to the Doc Williams SPCA in Moncks Corner. The surviving pit bull is "doing well right now" according to SPCA staff.

The animal control officer said he'd picked up those dogs before for running loose and told the police officers where they could find the owner, 28-year-old Kyle Daniels. When they arrived at the owner's house on Aylesbury Road, Daniels' roommate told them that he was out of town.

Captain John Grainger says Daniels has since received four court summons: two for lack of restraint and two for nuisance animal. He is scheduled to appear in court on November 17.

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