LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police say an officer investigating in a backyard near downtown Las Vegas fatally shot a dog that charged him.
Authorities say 42-year-old Sgt. William Wilson was responding to a call on Earl Street about 2 p.m. Sunday when he heard a shot fired in the backyard and yelling or moaning immediately afterward.
Officials say Wilson went into the backyard to investigate the shot, and was approached by a pit bull.
The officer fired one shot that killed the animal.
Police say no people were found in the backyard, although a shell casing that didn't belong to the sergeant's gun was found.
Wilson remains on full duty as the shooting is investigated.
Owner Victor Patino tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal his dog, Bubba, was like family and was just protecting his property.