Police were called Monday about two pit bulls who were seen attacking children on Center Street, about two blocks from the middle school. When they arrived, police saw a 13-year-old boy with ripped pants and a bleeding leg.
The dogs focused on a 14-year-old girl and cornered her after she ran onto a porch. Police said Lt. Matthew Cole shot at the dogs.
“If not for the swift actions of Lt. Cove in this unfortunate situation, the consequences could have been devastating for multiple victims,” Hillside police wrote on their Facebook page.
Most comments to the post have been supportive of Cole’s action.
“The residents of Hillside should know when Lt. Cove is on the scene they are in good hands,” Bill Dillon wrote.
“Great job, Lt. Cove! This could have ended a lot worse but your precision saved that girl,” Elle Gonz wrote.
The Facebook post is not clear happened to the dogs or their owner. A message for police had not been returned Thursday morning.
Hillside Police Department posted on Facebook May 17, 2017 ·
On Monday, May 15, 2017, Officers responded to the area of Center St. on a report of two pit Bulls attacking children.
Upon arrival of the Officers, Lt. Cove encountered an injured 13 year old male who was bleeding from the leg and had ripped pants. While Lt. Cove was tending to the injured victim, the Pit Bulls began running towards a group of approximately 20 juveniles.
The juveniles began running in different directions to avoid being attacked by the dogs. Panicked juveniles jumped on top of vehicles and ran to local residences for protection. A 14 year old female ran up onto the porch of a residence where the dogs began to aggressively charge the cornered girl.
At this time Lt. Cove discharged his service weapon to prevent the dogs from severely injuring the girl.
If not for the swift actions of Lt. Cove in this unfortunate situation, the consequences could have been devastating for multiple victims. — in Hillside, New Jersey.
(NJ1015 - May 18, 2017)