JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities in northern New Jersey say a police officer fatally shot a pit bull after the dog’s owner released it and the animal charged at the officer.

Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio tells The Jersey Journal of Jersey City that the shooting appears to be justified. But a further review will be conducted, which is standard procedure when an officer fires his weapon.

The officer was unhurt in the incident, which occurred around 2:45 a.m. Sunday on Cambridge Avenue. He had responded to the area to investigate a reported disturbance.

The dog’s owner, 25-year-old John Kelly of Jersey City, was charged with assault on a police officer and weapons offenses. It wasn’t known if he had retained a lawyer, and a telephone number for Kelly could not be located Sunday.

Does it sound like the officer was justified in the shooting? Sound off in our comments section below…

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Comments (17)
  1. jbabie says:

    I don’t think the cop had a right to shoot the pitbull. If a dog is running towards them they should do what they can to try and stop it, shooting it is not one of them.

  2. Pplsuck says:

    People like Mr. Kelly disgust me.. why would you let your dog loose on cops KNOWING they are going to shoot the poor animal? What a POS… he should never be allowed to own so much as a gold fish again. Hope he has fun in jail

  3. joan says:

    It’s a shame that the dog paid the ultimate price because his owner wanted to attack a police officer.

    Pitbulls are loyal and will do what their owners want.

    Once again, a pitbull gets a bad rap because of a humane error.

  4. Chris Lopez says:

    As one who knows what it is like to have a dog bite clean through muscle, bone and gristle, my opinion comes easily: when a man turns loose a dog on a cop the dog needs to get shot, and then the owner needs to be dealt with. I’d take him by the hospital on the way to jail.

  5. injun says:

    Pit Bulls are dangerous and should be outlawed . Anyone who has one is antisocial to own a dog like this. YES THE OFFICER WAS RIGHT !

    1. joan says:

      The owner was at fault here, and the dog was just obeying his owner.

      The human should go to jail, he is the one that wanted to attack the PO.

      Pitbulls get a bad rap, when it’s their owners (not all owners, just some) that are dangerous.

    2. Maria Briggs says:

      Pit Bulls are NOT DANGEROUS! Like all dogs they are LOYAL!!! and do only what their people tell them to do. I have a 1 yr old Pit and she is the best dog we’ve ever had! Not only is she loyal but she LOVES children! I think you need to read up on dogs a little bit better. A poor puppy he wasn’t even a year old got shot because of a POS like John Kelly! Plain and simple stupid behavior and a poor animal paid his price.

  6. Brent Pierre says:

    i once was walkin my dog police rolled up and was like where is ya dog license instinctively the dog started to bark ///,,listen to boys in blue oh calm your dog before i shoot him ,,,my response ,,,and after you shoot my dog what you think would happen to you ??? dont you think ill find you and shoot you back!!!!police sometimes aggravate a situation to benefit them selve ,,,well the bad police

    1. injun says:

      Pierre are you FRENCHMAN?

    2. bullett says:

      Did social promotion make you and imbecile, or did you work at it?

  7. Jack Toney says:

    Mary Kay please become a police officer so that you get mauled and we know you won’t shoot. Thus you will save a dog’s life and you will be horribly disfigured but we will respect you.

  8. Rory Calhoun says:


    1. bullett says:

      I agree!

      1. Steve says:

        Well said.
        We’re not allowed to keep hyenas, wolves or lions as pets. Why should we keep pitbulls?

        I’m SURE there are decent pitbull owners out there. Unfortunately, the actions of the bad/stupid ones are drowning out the actions of the good ones.

  9. MaryKay says:

    No he wasn’t, but like most police officers these days, they kill first and most all the times never are punished for their actions

    1. injun says:

      They only kill the THUGH’S that would prey on the rest of us.

      1. Anthony says:

        OK, this is simply not true.

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