Off-duty officer shoots and kills pit bull as dogs attack woman – NBC10 Philadelphia

An off-duty Philadelphia police officer shot and killed one of three pit bulls that attacked a woman in Southwest Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.

At about 10:38 a.m., an off-duty officer traveling in his personal vehicle along the 1500 block of South 58th Street observed a 52-year-old woman being attacked by several dogs, police said.

During the attack, the dogs’ owner, a 21-year-old man, tried to stop the dogs from attacking the woman, police said.

The officer fired his service weapon several times, ending the attack.

The victim suffered bite wounds to his leg, arm and head. According to police, she was taken to the hospital where her condition was stabilized.

One of the pit bulls was found dead in the owner’s backyard and was taken into custody by Philadelphia Animal Care & Control. The owner was able to gain control of a second dog, but the third dog was not found, officials said.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the attack and are also investigating what caused the dogs to attack the woman.

The officer involved is 43 years old and has been with the Philadelphia Police Department for two years. The officer has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the internal affairs and officer-involved shooting investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.