CHAMPAIGN - A Champaign police officer shot at two dogs that were tangling on a city street in west Champaign Saturday evening, killing one and injuring the other.
A release from Champaign police department spokeswoman Rene Dunn said at about 5:25 p.m. officers were sent to John Street and Crescent Drive where one dog was reportedly attacking another dog.
A woman was walking her dog on a leash in the area of John and Crescent when a pit bull reportedly ran up and attacked her dog.
The woman and another witness tried to separate the dogs, including kicking the pit bull, described as aggressive, several times.
When officers got there, the dogs were still fighting and the woman no longer had control of her dog.
One of the officers, whose name was not released, drew his gun and fired multiple shots at the pit bull. Once the dogs were separated, police figured out that both had been shot. The dog that was attacked died at the scene.
The animal control officer took the pit bull.
Dunn said because an officer fired his service weapon, the department is conducting a “use of force” investigation.
Unlike situations where humans are shot, the officer will continue working while the investigation is ongoing, Dunn said.