Deputy fatally shoots dog during chase

Published: May. 22, 2014 at 5:42 PM EDT
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DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Dorchester County deputy says he was forced to fatally shoot a dog that charged at him while he was chasing a man through the back yard of a North Charleston residence.

The deputy was patrolling through the Dorchester Manor subdivision when he noticed the strong smell of marijuana as he passed a residence where several people were standing outside and one of them appeared to be smoking something, according to the report.

When he stopped his car and got out to approach the group of people, he reported that one of the men began to flee toward the back of the residence and refused to obey commands to stop.

The report states the deputy chased the man, following him over a fence into a back yard. The man jumped a second fence and as they deputy attempted to follow, a dark-colored pit bull in the yard became aggressive and charged at the deputy, according to the incident report.

The deputy, fearing for his safety, fired one round, which struck the dog, but the dog continued advancing toward the officer, the report states. Authorities say the deputy fired a second shot, and the dog retreated to the back porch of the home where it died.

Capt. Tony Phinney with the Dorchester Sheriff's Office says an internal review into the incident is underway.

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