Deputies kill attacking pit bull; owner charged with assault

Published: Aug. 26, 2019 at 2:11 PM EDT
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Deputies in one Eastern Carolina county say they had to shoot and kill a pit bull that was attacking them Sunday morning.

Stanley Tyson, 27, of Farmville, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, injury to personal property, and communicating threats.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says Tyson intentionally orchestrated the dog to attack the deputies.

A news release says around 11:00 a.m. Sunday deputies went to Tyson's South Pineview Lane home to serve domestic violence-related arrest warrants. They say due to the nature of the threats, three deputies went to the home to take the man into custody.

As deputies approached the home, Tyson was seen sitting with the dog. They say the dog suddenly charged the deputies, while Tyson "remained sitting and disengaged".

One deputy was bitten on the leg, and the dog continued to attack the deputy. One of the deputies then shot and killed the pit bull.

The deputy was treated for the dog bite and released back to duty while Tyson was arrested.

Bond on the assault charge was set at $75,000, while no bond on the communicating threats count since it was a domestic violence offense.

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