Manatee deputy shoots, kills dog

MANATEE - A Manatee County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a dog that lunged at him while he was trying to serve arrest warrants at a residence in Palmetto, according to the sheriff's office.

About 6:30 p.m. Thursday, deputies were at a residence in 300 block of 20th Street East, when a door opened and a brown and white dog went outside.

The dog, bearing his teeth and growling, "lunged at the deputy as he tried to back away," a sheriff's report states.

The deputy kept backing up and swatting at the dog with his radio, but the dog lunged at him twice more.

"Due to the aggressive and persistent attack of the dog, and having nowhere else to go, the deputy drew his firearm and fired one round at the dog, striking him in the right side of the abdomen," the report states.

The dog yelped and ran back inside.

The wanted suspect was not found.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian, but it died on the operating table from his injuries, according to the sheriff's office.