Officer fires at pit bull in Middle Township

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BURLEIGH – An officer with the sheriff’s department fired his pistol at a pit bull on Feb. 28. Officials say the dog was charging the officer while he served a warrant in the Burleigh section of Middle Township.

The dog was not hurt. Police say it ran back into the house when the shot was fired.

A report released late Friday did not indicate the  officer was injured, although it stated that he fired a single shot for his own protection.

According to officials, Sheriff’s Officer Ryan Osmundsen, a six-year veteran of the department, was serving a warrant for non-support when he saw the man he was looking for in the rear of the property. He announced himself, at which time the dog charged him, according to a statement from county Prosecutor Robert Taylor, Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner and county Sheriff Gary Schaffer.

An investigation was conducted by the major crimes unit of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, detectives from the Middle Township Police Department and the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office.

Eugene Harris, 45, was arrested at the scene and charged with contempt of court for failure to pay child support under a warrant signed by Judge John Rauh. Harris was taken to county jail.

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