SWAT team executing warrant shoots, kills 'aggressive' dog

While two SWAT team members were moving from their positions, officers said an 'aggressive' pit bull charged at them. The officers shot the dog, which later died from its injuries. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Rochester Police said officers shot and killed a pit bull Thursday morning while they were executing a high-risk warrant on St. Paul Street.

The SWAT team was on scene around 6:20 a.m. at a house to execute the warrant involving weapons and drugs, according to police.

While two SWAT team members were moving from their positions, officers said an 'aggressive' pit bull charged at them. The officers shot the dog, which later died from its injuries.

Officers said the owners of the dog were on scene but were not involved in the investigation.

Some neighbors are distraught and tell 13WHAM the dog was not a threat to police.

Peter Reininger lives nearby the house searched. His neighbor owned the dog killed.

“It’s confusing and upsetting and Nina (the dog) we feel was wrongly shot," he said. "She was unleashed but she was in her own fenced in yard on our property. It’s surreal. We don’t really know what to think. Just wish things could’ve been differently.”

Multiple firearms and narcotics were found at the target location. A person of interest related to the search warrant has been detained. That person hsa been charged with six felonies: two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

The person's name is not being released as it could compromise the investigation, according to Rochester Police.

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