Officer Shoots, Kills Homeless Man’s Dog After It Attacks Him

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A homeless man was charged after police say his dog attacked an officer, causing the officer to shot and kill the dog.

Our news partners at the Post-Gazette report that Officer Matthew Gardner shot and killed the German shepherd after it attacked him unprovoked.

The officer says in his report that while walking near Fort Duquesne Boulevard and 7th Avenue, the dog showed signs of aggression, charged him and bit him, according to the paper.

He then shot the dog, ultimately killing it.

The officer says 34-year-old Christopher Stephens, the homeless man whom the dog belonged to, was very intoxicated, the newspaper reports.

Officer Gardner says earlier that day, the dog had also showed signs of aggression toward medics and a doorman near where the dog was shot.

Stephens was charged on multiple counts, including public drunkenness and endangering another person.

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