SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A San Francisco police officer shot and killed a dog that bit him in Golden Gate Park on Monday afternoon, according to a police spokesman.

About 4:55 p.m., the officer was trying to wake up a homeless person near Alvord Lake on the eastern side of the park near Stanyan Street when the transient’s dog started barking, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

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The officer backed away, but the dog, believed to be a pit bull mix, broke free, ran toward the officer and bit him, prompting the officer to shoot and kill the animal, Esparza said.

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No other information about the case was immediately available.

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