Salem Police: Officer shoots pit bull, wounds man
SALEM, Ore. (AP) Salem Police say one of its officers shot and killed a pit bull as it attacked him Saturday, and a man who apparently tried to intervene was shot in the foot.
Lt. Dave Okada says Darren Buchholz and Travis Brossard were interviewing people in a home Saturday afternoon when they were attacked by the dog.
Okada says Buchholz tried to push the dog away but shot the animal when it continued to attack. The Statesman Journal reports that as the officer was firing, 38-year-old Steven Deleon jumped in the middle and was shot in the foot. He was taken to Salem Hospital.
The officers were placed on administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated, a standard procedure.
The Oregon State Police is investigating.