Dallas cop won't face charges for shooting pit bull

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by By RICHARD ABSHIRE / The Dallas Morning News

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Posted on February 20, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 19 at 4:54 PM

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McKinney police won't pursue criminal charges against an off-duty Dallas police officer who shot and killed a pit bull that he said menaced his wife last month.

"The case is closed," said Lt. Scott Brewer, a McKinney police spokesman.

On the morning of Jan. 6, the dog and its yard mate crossed paths with Officer Jason Chapman's wife, who was walking in the 8300 block of Cotton Ridge Road.

Feeling threatened, the woman used her cellphone to call her husband. By the time he arrived, neighbors had coaxed the dog away from his wife, who was not injured.

Chapman, 25, told investigators that one of the dogs then approached him aggressively and he shot it.

Police said he fired anywhere from four to six times, according to varying witness accounts. He did not use his service weapon.

Chapman joined the Dallas police in January 2007.

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