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Police: Trooper fatally shoots dog while searching for felon

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A dog was fatally shot by a Virginia State Police trooper after police say it attacked him.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller tells media outlets that the agency's tactical team was searching for a wanted felon Sunday in Roanoke when a nearby dog began barking.

Geller says when the dog's owner came outside, the dog broke its chain and charged one of the troopers.

Geller says the dog continued toward the trooper and lunged, and the trooper shot the dog. She says the dog appeared to be a 100-pound pit bull terrier.

Roanoke police spokesman Scott Leamon says police were told the dog's owner didn't want to keep the body. The Public Works Department was contacted to dispose of it.

State police continue to search for the fugitive.

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Virginia State Police tell WSLS 10  they are not releasing the wanted person's identity/description at this time because it could jeopardize their investigation.

They say they have some good tips coming in and are following up on those.

They want the public to know that they ARE NOT in any danger - this person is not a danger to the public.