- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A family’s pit bull has died after being shot by a Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy in Mesa.

KPHO-TV in Phoenix reports (https://bit.ly/1OWJqH6) that the dog, named Blue, died from complications related to his injuries.

The incident happened Saturday morning near Ellsworth Road and University Drive.

Blue’s owner, Debbie Holm, tells the TV station that deputies serving a search warrant were looking for her son when Blue accidentally pushed through the screen door.

Deputies say they were on the sidewalk when the dog charged at them.

A deputy says he shot the animal fearing for officers’ safety.

A bullet struck the dog in the cheek, resulting in the loss of five teeth.

Deputies were wearing body cameras and the video has been requested.

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Information from: KPHO-TV, https://www.kpho.com/

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