Miami-Dade police officers kill dog in South Miami

Detective injured during narcotics investigation

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SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. - Miami-Dade police officers shot and killed a pit bull Tuesday near Murray Park in South Miami, police said.

The shooting happened at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday at 6440 S.W. 57th Place, a place police said is a known drug house.

Police said undercover detectives had the house under surveillance and had conducted several drug buys.

When officers arrived at the home with a search warrant, police said a man went out of the house and detectives tried to apprehend him.

The man went back into the house when pursued by the detectives. Police said a pit bull-terrier breed then attacked one of the detectives, biting his lower leg.

Several detectives then fired their weapons, killing the dog, police said.

The injured detective suffered puncture wounds and trauma to his leg. Police said he was taken to South Miami Hospital in stable condition.

Police said the alleged drug dealer is in custody and will face drug charges, as well as charges for having the illegal pit bull.

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