Sheriff Deputy Forced to Shoot, Kill, Pit Bull During Vicious Attack
BROOKSVILLE – A Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured Sunday, after he was attacked by a Pit Bull during a traffic stop on Redington Street.
Officials say during the traffic stop the driver did not immediately yield and continued driving until he reached his residence at 16135 Redington Street. The driver, 19-year-old Dylan Bale, was found to be driving on a suspended license. Bale was arrested and placed into the back of the patrol car.
During an interview with Bale this afternoon, he claims that his female Pit Bull rushed through the gate, as his mother opened it to see what was going on. That’s’ when the dog attacked the Deputy, causing injuries to his arm. Officials say the Deputy was forced to use deadly force to protect himself from further injury.
Bale showed RNRF the exact spot where the deputy drew down on the Pit Bull and fired and unknown number of rounds into the dog. The dog died at the scene and was seized by the Sheriff’s Office as evidence.
The deceased Pit Bull was only 2-year-old. He has a second, 4-year-old, male Pit Bull.
Officials have not released the identity of the Deputy but they say he received several stitches and was released from the hospital.
Officials were unable to say whether Bale or his mother could face charges.
The investigation continues, say officials.
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