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Spotsy officer shoots, kills pit bull


A pit bull was shot and killed by a Spotsylvania County detective after an officer was attacked during an arrest Thursday evening.

Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office said detectives located a man who was wanted on three felony warrants in the Timbers subdivision in the Chancellor area around 8 p.m.

Detectives were in the 300 block of Burman Lane trying to take the man into custody when he attempted to escape, Pearce said, and a nearby pit bull began to attack.

“One of the detectives was attacked by an aggressive pit bull and the officer was forced to fire his weapon, killing the pit bull,” he said.

No one else was injured.

Pearce said Thursday that the pit bull belonged to the suspect.

Josh Williams, 24, of Spotsylvania was arrested on the warrants charging him with  aggravated malicious wounding, assault and attempted escape.  He was also charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and PCP. Large quantities of those drugs were recovered during the arrest, Pearce said. He is being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Pearce said the shooting is under investigation.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419