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York County constable serving court papers shoots dog after attack, police say

A York County constable shot a dog that bit the constable twice while the officer was serving court papers, police said.

The dog later died from its wound, according to a county official.

Constable David Fowler, 38, was bitten on the arm and leg Monday while serving documents at a home outside Rock Hill, according to a York County Sheriff's office report.

Fowler's injuries were severe enough to require EMS to arrive to treat Fowler after deputies who arrived on scene put pressure on the wounds Fowler received, deputies said.

The dog, a German Shepherd mix, charged Fowler and bit him first on the arm, deputies said. Fowler then pulled his gun and shot the dog in the shoulder after the dog bit him on the leg, police said.

Constables are armed law enforcement officers who work for county magistrate judges serving civil papers for court proceedings. Fowler works for Judge Stephanie Wood at the Ebenezer Township office in Rock Hill, Wood said.

Fowler had to protect himself during the incident, Wood said. Fowler has since returned to work, Wood said.

York County deputies did not file any charges in the incident, according to the report.

York County Animal Control took possession of the dog after the incident. Trish Startup, spokeswoman for York County, said Wednesday evening the dog died from the bullet wound.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065, @AndrewDysHerald
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