Mount Pleasant police officer shoots, kills pit bull

MOUNT PLEASANT -- A Mount Pleasant police officer shot and killed a pit bull early Sunday morning, September 2nd after the dog apparently attacked him.

The officer was responding to a complaint of an individual being trapped on top of a vehicle, near the 2200 block of Racine Street in Mount Pleasant.

Upon arriving at the scene, the officer saw the dog about 15 feet away from the individual trapped on top of the vehicle. Because of the dog, the individual did not feel comfortable coming down from the vehicle.

The officer placed his squad between the individual and the dog, and the individual was able to come down from the top of the vehicle.

The officer then attempted to call the residence and knock on the door of the home where the dog was located -- with no response. The dog then charged the officer.

The officer attempted to get away from the dog, but the dog chased the officer across the street. In order to protect himself from the charging dog, the officer shot the animal, and the dog did not survive.

The officer was not injured.

The dog owner's son told officials the dog was recently given to them, and did not have rabies vaccinations.