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Knox County officer shoots charging pit bull dog

September 20th, 2011 2:19 pm by Don Jacobs

KNOXVILLE — A Knox County sheriff's officer this morning twice shot at a pit bull dog when it charged him in a Northeast Knox County yard, a spokeswoman said.

Gordon Browning, a 16-year veteran warrants officer for the Knox County Sheriff's Office, was serving an eviction notice when the incident occurred, according to KCSO spokeswoman Martha Dooley.

Browning was not injured during the 9:45 a.m. incident in the 2100 block of Ellistown Road near the intersection with Rutledge Pike.

Dooley said Browning planned to post a detainer warrant on the front door of the home when he noted a sleeping pit bull dog under some covers. Browning opted to post the detainer warrant on a side door.

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