Crime & Courts

Officers shoot, Taser pit bulls that attacked at homeless camp

Police officers shot and killed one pit bull and shocked another one with a Taser after the officers were attacked while responding to a call at a homeless camp uptown.

The shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at a camp near South Mint and South Graham streets.

Police were assisting paramedics, who were responding to a call about an unconscious person, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

When officers arrived, they saw the patient, lying on the ground, and two pit bulls.

As first responders were rendering aid to the man, one of the pit bulls attacked an officer, police said. The officer fired his gun, striking the dog.

The second pit bull was being held back by its owner. But the dog bit its owner, got loose and then attacked the officer, biting him on the forearm, police said. Another officer used a Taser “on the dog to take control of the animal,” police said.

The initial patient was taken to Novant Health Presbyterian hospital for his medical issue.

The officer and the dog owner who were bitten also were taken to the hospital to be treated for their wounds.

Animal control officers took control of the pit bull that was Tasered and collected the remains of the other dog.

Police are conducting an internal affairs investigation, which is typical when an officer discharges his weapon.