A pit bull attack Sunday in Mystic sent two people to the hospital. Stonington Police said the attack happened around 3 p.m.
According to police, a woman was attacked by a pit bull in the hallway of Residence Inn Marriott in Mystic.
The caretaker tried to calm the dog down but couldn’t, and that’s when an officer stepped in.
“When that happened and the dog grabbed, the officer discharged a round into the dog,” said Stonington Police Captain Jerry Desmond. “The dog was transported by a local ACO (Animal Control Officer) to see if we can save the dog as well.”
Desmond believes the officer was bit on the arm. The officer was taken to the hospital, along with the injured woman.
Guests said the victim may have been a friend of the dog’s owner.
Some guests who were staying near the hallway where the attack took place were not allowed back inside their room for hours while police cleaned up the scene, according to a guest who wanted to remain anonymous. He described the scene as chaotic, saying the dog was on the loose.
“I was raised with nine kids in the house, so it was basically like being in the basement and us playing
tag upstairs with them trying to get a hold of the dog.”
Residence Inn declined to comment on the situation but said dogs are allowed inside. Its website does not provide any further details on the size and weight of the animals allowed.
The condition of the injured officer, woman and dog is unknown at this time.
Stonington Police continue to investigate.