Officers shot and killed a pit bull behaving aggressively during the search of a West Side home for drugs.
Detectives from the Metro Drug Unit and members of Charleston Police's SWAT team went to a home at a home in the 700 block of Pacific Street Monday morning with a warrant to search for drug related evidence, said Sgt. Bill Winkler of the Metro Drug Unit.
Winkler said he would not release much information about the search because the investigation is ongoing. He would not say how officers came to search that house.
About 20 officers, drug unit and SWAT team, stormed the house to search. Winkler said the drug unit typically does searches alone but it's not unusual for them to ask for SWAT's help.
"Most of our search warrants we do ourselves but this one here we knew there were potentially firearms involved so we went ahead and used SWAT to make entry," Winkler said.
A "rather large" pit bull attacked or tried to attack SWAT team members as they entered the house, Winkler said. One of the SWAT team members shot and killed the dog.
"The dog was probably doing what it was trained to do," Winkler said of the dog.
He said a woman was alone in the house but was not arrested. Her name was not released.
Winkler would not say what if any evidence was confiscated from the house.Detectives still are investigating.