A North Middleton Township police officer shot and killed a pit bull after the dog attacked him in the 500 block of McClures Gap Road around 7:19 p.m. Friday.
Police say the officer was assisting the Pennsylvania State Police in a search for a subject that had fled on foot to avoid arrest. The officer was investigating a vehicle that he observed parked several hundred feet off the road in a farmer’s field near the Conodoguinet Creek.
The pit bull charged and attempted to bite the left arm of the officer as he was advising a person that a wanted individual was thought to be in the area, police say. According to reports, the officer drew his service pistol and fired two rounds into the upper body of the dog after the animal bit him.
Police say the dog later died of gunshot wounds while the officer was transported to Carlisle Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The dog owner was notified.