Police officers shoot, kill charging pit bull

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MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police officers shot and killed a pit bull that reportedly charged at them Saturday morning.

A resident near Baseline Road and 82nd Street called police to report witnessing a dog trying to attack a neighbor, according to Sgt. Ed Wessing with the Mesa Police Department. The caller said the homeowner had a gun and ran back into his home.

The black pit bull belonged to the home next door to the victim, according to the caller.

Officers arrived and saw the dog in a yard, which had a 4-foot chain-link fence around it. They closed the gate to contain the dog in the yard.

As the officers stood on the outside of the fence and attempted to capture the dog with an animal noose, they saw a white pit bull climb the side fence. The officers were able to lasso the white dog and took it to a patrol car.

The black pit bull then climbed the fence and approached the four officers. The dog acted aggressively toward the officers and charged at them, according to Wessing. Officers twice deployed a stun gun with no effect.

Wessing said the dog attempted to bite one of the officers but was only able to pull off the officer's glove.

The pit bull then charged at another officer and the officers fired their service weapons, killing the dog.

None of the officers was injured.

The owner of the pit bulls could face charges.