Police say they were forced to shoot after a dog charged at them during an investigation Sunday.
The officers were walking up to the back door of a home on the 800 block of East Cimarron in Colorado Springs when they say a large dog "aggressively and quickly" ran towards them. As it approached, officers fired several rounds at the dog. One round hit the pit bull in its rear leg, causing it to briefly retreat.
But a moment later, police say the dog once again ran out of the house, charging towards officers. At that point, officers were able to close and hold the gate shut until the dog’s owner, Patrick Lawrence, 49, contained the dog in a crate.
Officers had been called to the house originally on reports of a disturbance. Police say they never found the fight they had been called out to, but the dog's owner, Lawrence, was arrested for having an aggressive dog.