Officer Bit by Dog

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What started out as horseplay turned, literally, into a dog fight. Now a Bryan police officer is nursing a chewed-up hand courtesy of a pit bull.

The trouble started Thursday on Cole Street in Bryan where an officer was responding to a call of a fight in progress. That turned out to be some kids rough-housing, but while on the scene, the officer thought he heard another fight in a nearby home.

When he approached, he was attacked by a pit bull. The officer was able to shoot the dog, but not before being mauled. The policeman was treated and released from St. Joseph. The pit bull was taken to Texas A&M's vet hospital and had to be euthanized.

Eighteen-year-old Lance Lopez of Bryan was arrested and charged with assaulting an officer. He has been released from jail and will have to pay a fine.