BRIDGETON — A juvenile’s flight from police ended abruptly when the youth with bitten by a chained pit bull, police said.

Police said the pursuing officer had to shoot the dog, which was apparently intent on also attacking the officer. The dog eventually died.

The juvenile, 17, was eventually charged with possession of a handgun. The youth was then taken to the Cumberland County Juvenile Detention Center in Hopewell Township after being treated at Inspira Medical Center Vineland for the dog bite.

Police said the incident began with a report of a juvenile walking around the Maplewood Gardens apartment complex around 6 p.m. on Friday. The youth was eventually spotted by officers between Spruce and South Pine streets, they said.

Upon seeing the officers in their marked patrol vehicle, the youth started running toward Spruce Street, police said. A short foot pursuit followed and ended when the youth entered a yard and was bitten by the dog, they said. The dog then released the juvenile and charged the pursuing officer as the officer also entered the yard, they said.

“The officer shot the pit bull to prevent it from attacking him,” police said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the pit bull did not survive.”

The juvenile began to flee again after being released by the dog, police said. The youth was eventually taken into custody without further incident and a 9 mm handgun was recovered, they said.

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