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Wilmington officers shoot dog after confrontation

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Michael Hicks, (Source: New Hanover County Jail) Michael Hicks, (Source: New Hanover County Jail)
Reuben Irvin (Source: New Hanover County Jail) Reuben Irvin (Source: New Hanover County Jail)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Police in Wilmington shot and killed a pit bull Sunday evening, while attempting to serve felony warrants on a suspect.

The incident happened at 913 Rankin Street. Lt. M. Fanta says officers were chasing Reuben Irvin, who was wanted on felony warrants, when they spotted another wanted man, Michael Hicks.

Police told Hicks to come out of the house on Rankin, but they say he wasn't cooperating. There were several people, including the dog, outside the home at the time. Officers got into a confrontation with Hicks and the dog became agitated. Lt. Fanta says officers told the owners of the dog several times to get the animal under control, but he says they didn't listen. Officers say they fired three bullets at the dog, killing it.

Internal affairs has been contacted, which is the protocol on any officer-involved shooting. One person complained of having injuries from a ricochet, but those injuries are considered minimal.

Irvin and Hicks have been arrested.  Irvin faces charges of resisting/obstructing arrest, failure to appear, driving while license revoked, speeding to allude.  Hicks faces charges of delivering schedule I, possession with intent to sell schedule I narcotics, obtaining property by false pretenses and resisting/obstructing arrest.

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