The Roanoke Police Department says Officer D.R. Gibson went out to a call about a pit bull mix running loose in the area of Angus Road and Quail Drive on Tuesday, September 28th. Officer Gibson did not find a dog at the location, then received information that two dogs were running loose in the 1600 block of Garstland Road.
When he got there, Officer Gibson saw two dogs running loose. Gibson then parked on Harvest Lane, and got out to catch the dogs.
However, both dogs then ran at Officer Gibson, and bit at his legs and feet. Gibson started kicking at them, and tried to pull out his pepper spray, but fell. The dogs kept biting at Gibson, he pulled out his gun, and shot one of the dogs, an American Bull Dog mix. The dog later died.
That shooting scared off the second dog.
Shortly after the shooting, the owners of both dogs showed up. The owner of the dog that was not shot took the dog back home.
Animal Control took the dead dog to be tested for rabies.
Police have not charged either of the dogs' owners.
UPDATE pit nutter EUGENE DAVIS claims the officer provoked the dogs despite the fact that he did not witness the attack or the shooting. EUGENE DAVIS claims the mutants friendly with neighbors despite the fact that a friend and neighbor of his, tried to corner the dogs and when they growled at her, she backed off. another pit nutter trying to win the lottery.