Local police officer shoots pit bull that attacked him

Posted at 7:32 PM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 00:03:30-04

A Lampasas police officer shot and killed a pit bull that attacked him Wednesday afternoon.

According to a press release, Patrol Sergeant Tony Barrio responded to a house at 903 Campbell St. after a 9-1-1 hangup call.

While waiting for one of the residents to come back outside, the officer was bitten by the dog on his buttock. That's when he then shot the dog with his handgun.

Sgt. Barrio was treated on the scene for a single bite wound by Acadian Ambulance and at a nearby hospital. 

Officials said the pit bull was submitted for rabies testing because there was no proof of vaccinations.  

The 9-1-1 call turned out to be an accidental dial. 

According to police, the officer involved recently attended the state's newly mandated Canine Encounters Training and the officers who have not, will soon.

The incident is still under investigation. 

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