Pit bull fatally shot by Richmond police

January 7, 2008 9:04:37 AM PST
A pit bull was shot and killed by police Sunday night in Richmond after two men attempting to evade police let the canine loose and the dog bit an officer's arm, officials said today. Police responded to the 200 block of South Second Street at about 10:30 p.m. where two men were selling drugs in front of a residence, according to Richmond police Lt. Arnold Threets. The suspects attempted to run from the scene set their pit bull loose as officers approached, Threets said. The pit bull bit one officer on the arm before police fatally shot the animal, according to Threets. The officer was transported to a local hospital. The officer's injuries are not considering life threatening, but, "It hurts," Threets said, referring to a bite from a pit bull. Police continued their pursuit on the suspects and eventually took them into custody, Threets said. The men were arrested for assault on a police officer and various health and safety violations, according to Threets.