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Temple Terrace officer shoots at pit bull attacking police dog

A Temple Terrace officer shot a pit bull that was attacking a police canine Monday during the arrest of a drug suspect. Both dogs are expected to recover.

About 11:33 a.m., police assisted by the canine and handler went to arrest Aaron M. Bell, 20, who was wanted for the sale of cocaine, at 8704 Morrison Oaks Court, police said.

When officers arrived Bell left the residence and was told to lie on the ground. As officers approached Bell, the pit bull terrier ran from the backyard and attacked the police canine, which was being held on leash by its handler, police said.

The pit bull bit the police dog near the mouth and locked onto its lower jaw, police said. The handler could not free the dog so the handler fired twice at the pit bull, striking it in the left-front leg and left side.

The police dog was taken to a veterinarian and was treated for lacerations to the mouth and jaw, authorities said, and is expected to recover. The pit bull also was taken to a veterinarian by Bell’s family, was treated for superficial wounds and is expected to recover.

Bell is jailed on charges of possession of cocaine and delivery of cocaine. A judge has not set bail.

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