Police: No charges in shooting of dog at Sumter park

07/25/2014 3:21 PM

07/25/2014 3:42 PM

No charges will be filed in connection with the shooting of a dog at a Sumter County park, according to the Sumter Police Department.

Police say the incident happened around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon when a man walking along the trail at Memorial Park said he encountered an unleashed, growling dog that began to charge.

The man said the dog continued to growl and approach him before he shot the dog once, which killed it, according to police.

The dog was a 1-year-old Rottweiler mix, according to the Associated Press.

The man drove to the Law Enforcement Center on Hampton Avenue to report the incident, according to Sumter Police.

“This is just an unfortunate circumstance, but not unlawful conduct on the part of the Concealed Weapons Permit holder,” Sumter Police Chief Russell F. Roark III said. “The Concealed Weapons Permit holder was carrying his gun in a lawful manner.”

Roark said it is a requirement under city ordinance that dogs must be on a leash and are not allowed to run at large.

Memorial Park has signage to that effect, Roark said.

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