May 20, 2013 Off Duty Chicago Police officer shoots pit bull to protect son

Chicago - A neighbor's pit bull escaped its yard while an off duty police officer was outside with his 5 year old son who was riding a bike.  The police officer shot the pit bull several times, killing it, because he believed it was charging after his son.

“I know that my son’s life could have been in danger . . . and the fact that my son was protected, that’s what I care about,” said the officer’s wife.  The officer's wife also said that the pit bull had been out of its yard off-leash previously and that the owner had been asked to keep it on a leash.

News stories have repeatedly emphasized that the pit bull was a four month old puppy and used photos of the pit bull as a small puppy in their stories.  However, this photo of the pit bull after being shot shows a larger, well muscled pit bull that has lost much of those puppy characteristics.

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