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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Gaston County officer shot and killed a pit bull in Charlotte Wednesday morning.

Police went to a home of Rock River Church Road in Mecklenburg County around 11:15 to speak with a person regarding an ongoing investigation.

Gaston County Police said Thursday when the detectives approached the door, they were greeted by a Lab mix who was not aggressive. They made contact with the resident, who then instructed them to go to the rear door.

That's when, police say, the unsecured Pit Bull "charged" the detectives in a manner they "believed to be aggressive".

Detective W.M. Sampson attempted to retreat but was unable, police say, and fired one round from his service weapon, striking the dog just feet away.

The dog later died from the injuries.

Gaston County Police say the resident did not warn the detectives that an unsecured dog was in the back yard.

The Gaston County Police Department is investigating to ensure all procedures were properly followed. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is also investigating but CMPD officers were not present during the incident.

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