LI Man Shoots Neighbor's Pit Bull

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    Barking between Long Island neighbors over a pit bull came to a head today when a man shot and killed the dog.

    Barking between Suffolk County neighbors over a pit bull came to a head Tuesday when a man shot and killed the dog.

    The canine reportedly broke free from its leash this afternoon in East Setauket just as a group of kids were coming home from school, and began to attack the students, police said.

    A neighbor told police that he witnessed the attack, and went out to defend the children – bringing along his legally registered pistol as a precaution.

    But he claimed the animal quickly went after him, forcing him to pull the trigger in self-defense. The dog died soon after being shot.

    The man later told police that the dog has a history of aggression that’s known throughout the neighborhood.

    No charges have been filed. Police are investigating.