A pit bull bit an NYPD officer in the head in Brooklyn, prompting officers to shoot the canine, on Sunday evening, police reported.
Officers were attempting to apprehend a suspect who was believed to be armed just after 6 p.m. on May 15 when he fled into 3506 Neptune Ave. in Coney Island.
With the door open, law enforcement sources said, a pit bull emerged rushing at an officer and latching onto their face. Officers shot the dog in response; the canine remains alive at this time.
The injured officer was whisked to a nearby hospital along with a fellow officer for observation after firing his weapon.
The suspect remains at large at this time.
Anyone with information regarding the incident can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.