Apr 18, 2011 9:47 PM by Liza Sullivan

Officer shoots, kills pit bull

A Paso Robles police officer shot and killed a pit bull Sunday night, after investigators say it was used to attack two women.

It happened around 6 p.m., on the 1100 block of Nanette Street.

Investigators say a man tried to unleash his pit bull on his mother and sister during an argument.

When the officer arrived, he says he heard screaming from inside.

Lisa Fedon and her mother hid in a back bedroom to protect themselves from the pit bull.

When the officer approached the open front door of the home, investigators say the pit bull came charging at him.

The officer was forced to shoot several rounds from his firearm, killing what investigators called an "extremely aggressive" dog.

"He tried to push the dog in with us so I slammed the door shut," said Lisa Fedon, the sister.

"The officer did shoot the dog to protect himself, the dog was charging him, and he had no other choice at that point," said Lisa Solomon, Chief of the Paso Robles police department.

Officers arrested David Stackhouse. He is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon. He was treated at a local hospital for a bite he suffered from the pit bull.

No one else suffered injuries during the incident. Neighbors say the pit bull has attacked a child and other pets in the neighborhood before.

An investigation concluded that the officer used his firearm to protect himself. The officer was back on duty Monday.


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