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Lunging Pit Bull Shot Dead By Alameda Police Officer

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(CBS)

ALAMEDA (CBS SF) – A police officer fatally shot a pit bull in Alameda Sunday night while responding to a home on a report of a disturbance, police said.

Police responded to a home in the 3200 block of Fiji Lane around 5:45 p.m. Sunday after a resident there reported a confrontation with a neighbor who brandished a knife.

Officers arrested the armed suspect without incident. After the arrest, a female at the suspect’s home came outside, followed by a 1 ½ year-old pit bull, police said.

Police said the woman was unable to restrain the dog, which broke free and lunged at the officer.

Still holding onto the suspect with one hand, the officer feared the dog would attack him and shot the animal, police said.

The officer’s name has not been released.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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