Pasco deputy shoots finger while shooting at dog during attack

- The Pasco County Sheriff's Office released body cam video of a deputy shooting a dog that tried to attack her over the weekend.

Deputies responded to a home on Oakley Ave. in Hudson on Saturday after deputies said the pit bull dog attacked a homeless man. When deputies tried to make contact with the dog's owner, the dog broke its leash and went after the deputy, grabbing her pant leg and causing her to trip.

Body cam video shows the deputy approaching the home, calling out to the owner, and then the dog barking aggressively and lunging at the deputy.  “I saw the dog come out and attack the Pasco County Sheriff's officer, a female, and she was backing up to get away from the dog, and she fell down,” Jim Ames, a neighbor, told FOX 13.

The deputy was forced to fire her gun at the dog, deputies said. One of the shots grazed her finger and she was taken to the hospital to have her injury treated. The homeless man also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The sheriff's office says this deputy has three pit bull dogs herself and she is familiar with the breed.

It's unclear if the dog's owner will face any charges.

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