A report of two pit bulls attacking a child could have been devastating for multiple victims if it were not for a Hillside officer's swift response.
According to police, on Monday, May 15th, officers responded to the area of Center Street on a report of two pit bulls attacking children.
Upon arrival, Lt. Cove encountered an injured 13-year-old male who was bleeding from the leg.
While Lt. Cove was tending to the injured victim, the pit bulls reportedly began running towards a group of approximately 20 juveniles. The juveniles immediately began to run away in different directions to avoid being attacked by the dogs. Panicked juveniles jumped on top of vehicles and ran to local residences for protection.
However Lt. Cove discharged his service weapon when the dogs aggressively charged towards a 14-year-old girl who managed to run onto the porch of a residence.
According to authorities, if it were not for the swift actions of Lt. Cove, the consequences could have been devastating for multiple victims.
The incident is currently under investigation.
There was no additional information as to the condition of the child attacked.