Pittsburgh police officer attacked by, shoots and kills dog

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A Pittsburgh police officer was attacked by a homeless man's dog tonight, before he shot and killed it, city public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.

Ms. Toler declined to name the officer who was trying to wake Christopher Stevens, 35, around 7:25 p.m. at the corner of Fort Duquesne Boulevard and 7th Street. The man's German shepherd attacked the officer and bit his left forearm, she said.

"The officer fired shots to defend himself from the dog," Ms. Toler said. The dog was killed, she said.

The bite was minor, she said, and the officer was treated at the hospital, where he also underwent a drug screening, a standard procedure.

Mr. Stevens was being held in the Allegheny County Jail for public intoxication, Ms. Toler said, and added that she was unsure if additional charges would be filed.

Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.

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