A Lincoln County deputy fired shots when attacked by a dog in High Shoals Tuesday morning (May 21st).
The deputy arrived at a home on Lincoln Street in High Shoals, about a half mile from the Lincoln County line inside Gaston County shortly after 8:30.
He knocked on the door to the house where he had gone investigating stolen property. A pit bull dog barked viciously, then knocked a glass door open and attacked the deputy knocking him to the ground. He pulled his service weapon and fired three shots, two of which struck the dog. The injuries to the animal were non-life threatening and he was treated at a veterinary office.
The deputy sustained bites from the dog and was treated for minor leg injuries.
The owner of the dog described the animal as “a family member" and said he had never attacked anyone before and played with her young children.
“I think in this case, he felt threatened in his home,” she said.
Neighbors said they were nervous because the dog barked constantly. One described the animal as vicious.
The stolen property, a weed eater, was recovered from the home.
More than a dozen officers from the Gaston County Police and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene to investigate.
Sheriff Bill Beam said his deputy was doing his job and that he was glad that he wasn't seriously injured and that the dog appeared likely to survive as well. Gaston County Animal Control officers said the dog was able to walk into an Animal Control vehicle unaided.