Pit bull attack on trooper ended when .40 caliber pistol was deployed; wounded dog fled scene


(MECHANICSVILLE, MD) 07/16/2014 —According to the Maryland State Police a large pit bull was wounded after it attacked a Maryland State Trooper responding to an unconscious person this morning, in St. Mary’s County.

Just after 9:00 a.m. today, a trooper from the Leonardtown Barrack responded to the 47000 block of King Drive, Mechanicsville, Md., for the report of a person not breathing at the residence.


When the trooper arrived a non-responsive male was lying in the back door of the house. As the trooper entered the residence, a large pit bull began to charge. As the dog attempted to bite, the trooper struck the animal with her baton. The dog retreated outside of the residence. The trooper was unable to close the door because of the position of the unconscious subject.

Moments later, the pit bull attack a second time grabbing the baton, pulling it from the trooper’s hand. The dog dropped the baton and lunged at the trooper biting her on the right foot. In fear for her safety, the trooper fired her State Police issued .40 caliber pistol, wounding the dog and ending the threat. The dog fled the scene.

Maryland State Police investigators responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation. They interviewed multiple residents in the area who were familiar with the dog. Witnesses revealed this pit bull has bitten others in the past.

St. Mary’s County Animal Control also responded to the scene. They are currently search the area for the wounded dog. The investigation is continuing.

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