NEWPORT NEWS -- Police said an officer fired his gun Saturday, stopping a dog as it charged at him.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m., people called police about a vicious dog running loose in the 1200 block of 23rd Street.

The first officer who got there saw a male, black and white Pit who was running loose. Neither the dog's owner nor anyone else was controlling the dog.

A number of people were outside when the officer got out of his car. That's when police say the dog charged the officer who fired twice.

Animal Control arrived on scene and took custody of the injured dog. The owner of the dog was not there at the time of the shooting.

Witnesses told police the unattended animal chased people in the neighborhood before police arrived.

Newport News Police Department's Office of Professional Standards is investigating the shooting, which is standard protocol anytime and officer fires his/her weapon.

The officer involved remains on active duty status.

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