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State trooper kills dog running toward him

PRINCETON, W.Va. -- A West Virginia State Police official said a trooper shot and killed a pit bull because he thought the dog was attacking him.

Princeton detachment commander Sgt. D.W. Miller said two pit bulls ran toward Trooper W.H. File after he got out of his cruiser. File shot one dog; the other fled.

Miller told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the incident occurred Saturday while File was responding to a call at a mobile home park near Princeton. He didn't know the nature of the call.

Tonya Church said her son owned the pit bull that was shot. She said the dog was shot after her son let it outside so it could relieve itself.

Church said her son's dog was about 6 months old and wasn't aggressive.


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