PROVO — Police say an arresting officer shot a pit bull in self defense Monday while serving a drug warrant.

Police were serving a warrant about 1:30 p.m. at 996 E. Cedar Ave. related to allegations of distributing marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia and illegally owning a weapon.

David Hayes, 51, initially slammed the front door on the officers attempting to arrest him. When police forced open the door, Hayes' pit bull attacked an officer who was standing on the porch, police said.

The officer began to back away but lost his balance and fell. Fearing the dog would further attack him, the officer shot once at the pit bull, hitting the dog in the upper left shoulder. 

Animal control took the dog to an animal shelter for treatment. The officer suffered only minor injuries. Hayes has since been booked into the Utah County Jail.

Ben Lockhart

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