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staff report, Published September 29 2009

Crookston, Minn., officer shoots, kills loose pit bull

CROOKSTON, Minn. - Police here say they are investigating the Monday morning shooting death of a loose pit bull by a police officer.

The officer responded just after 10 a.m. to 117 S. Lincoln Ave. where the dog was not allowing Brenda Harmon to get out of her vehicle, according to a department news release. The black colored dog reportedly began barking and growling upon seeing the officer, who radioed for back up, the release said.

Harmon was able to leave while the dog became more aggressive toward the officer who had his back up against the wall of a house, according to police. Fearing for his safety, the officer shot and killed the dog, owned by Daniel Reyes of 113 S. Lincoln Drive, the release said.

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