Police Forced To Shoot After Dog Attacks Officer

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CANON CITY, Colo. Law enforcement in Canon City say they were forced to shoot a dog during a standoff Saturday morning after the dog was let out of the home and attacked an officer.

Police officers were called to the corner of 6th Street and Floral at 9:48 a.m. on reports of a man threatening himself with a gun after an argument. It was also reported that he had been drinking. When they got to the scene, the reporting party was able to get out the house, but the man refused to leave. For almost an hour, police say the man, identified as 32-year-old Mark Valencia, refused to speak with them or come out.

At 10:41 a.m., police say Valencia opened his front door and a "large male pit bull charged out." The dog attacked one of the officers, forcing two other officers to shoot it. Police say Valencia was then forcibly taken into custody.

Relatives took the dog to a vet, where it later died from its wounds.

Valencia is being held at the Fremont County Detention Center, and faces several possible charges, including domestic violence, prohibited use of a weapon and harassment.

Canon City police say they were assisted by firefighters and the Fremont County Sheriff's Office.