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By Michael Hasch
Friday, June 13, 2014, 9:48 p.m.

A Pittsburgh police officer shot and killed a dog that attacked him Downtown on Friday evening, city Public Safety Department spokeswoman Sonya M. Toler said.

The shooting occurred at 7:20 p.m. at the corner of Seventh Street and Fort Duquesne Boulevard when the officer attempted to awaken a homeless man who was sleeping with his dog, Toler said. The German shepherd attacked the officer and bit his forearm before the policeman shot the animal, she said.

The officer was treated for the wound and then taken for drug and alcohol testing, which is standard procedure following any police-involved shooting, Toler said.

The homeless man, Christopher Dallas Stevens, 34, was charged with public intoxication, Toler said.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or

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