A police officer in Colorado was shot in his back by a neighbour’s pit bull terrier.
The officer was visiting his father in the state’s capital, Denver, on Tuesday when he was shot.
Police said the officer was a member of the department’s SWAT team.
“We’ve had multiple officers shot by pit bulls in the city of Denver in recent years,” Denver Police Chief Robert White said in a statement.
“The department will not tolerate this type of activity.”
A police dog was involved in the shooting, police said.
“This incident is under investigation and we ask that anyone with information regarding this incident contact police at (303) 867-5500 or Silent Observer at (719) 739-8100,” the department said.
The dog was not identified by police.
White said the incident was being treated as a domestic disturbance.
He said the city has received numerous reports of pit bull attacks.
Police were not immediately available for comment.
The shooting came two days after a woman in the US state of Virginia was fatally shot by her boyfriend’s pit-bull-type terrier, who authorities said had been roaming the streets.
In November, a Pennsylvania man was shot dead by a pit bull.