AUSTIN (KXAN) — A deputy serving an eviction notice on Thursday afternoon in North Austin had to shoot and kill a dog after it tried to attack him, according to the Travis County Precinct 2 Constable Office.
The incident happened just before 2 p.m. in the 1400 block of Click Cove. Senior Deputy Lawrence Edwards was trying to serve an eviction notice at a duplex unit when he came across a dog.
“The deputy parked his marked patrol vehicle on the street, exited and was making his way up to the home when a pit bull charged from an open carport area,” said Lt. Jeff Parker with Precinct 2 Constable. The deputy was standing on the sidewalk when he saw the dog.
“As the officer was giving verbal commands to the dog to stop, the dog lunged at the deputy,” explained Parker. Edwards pulled out his duty-weapon and shot the dog one time, killing it.
Authorities said the dog’s owner was home at the time — he was not the person being evicted — but the dog was not contained. As of this time, the dog owner has not been cited and the investigation is still ongoing.
“The deputy is upset about the situation and is a dog lover himself,” said Parker.
Just as he saw the dog, the deputy was able to remotely activate his patrol vehicle’s dashboard camera. Parker says the video shows the incident as it happened.
It is not known at this time whether or not previous complaints had been filed regarding this particular dog.