Memphis police officer recovering after pit bull attack and gunshot wound

The owner of a pit bull Memphis police say attacked an officer tells a very different story about the events of Monday morning.

Christine Benson says she and her husband were asleep when two MPD officers knocked on the door saying they were responding to a 911 hang up call.

But Benson says there was no emergency until her 1 1/2 year old pit bull named Money, slipped out the door.

"The one police man's eyes got real big and he immediately reached for his gun and pulled it out to shoot and i'm yelling don't shoot her don't shoot her...when he pulled his gun out he must have pulled the trigger and it went right through his leg," Benson says.

Benson says Money never touched either officer.

"She did not grab ahold of anybody's leg, she just wanted to get out just wanted to go out and play and that's what she was doing when she was brutally attacked, " Benson says.

Benson says the officers fired two more shots, with at least one bullet grazing Money's belly. Blood still covers the entry way marking her path back inside the house, a reminder of a day Benson won't let happen again.

"I'm probably going to put her in one of the back rooms, until I know who it is," Benson says.

No criminal charges have been filed, but police did ticket Benson for not showing proof of the dog's vaccinations, paperwork she claims she was not allowed to go into her apartment to get.


A Memphis police officer is recovering this afternoon, after a pitbull attacked him and he shot himself.

Memphis police tell us there was a 911 hangup call from an apartment at 3928 Raven Nest Drive.

Two officers responded to the call.

Investigators say the officers identified themselves,  and that's when the door opened and a pit bull ran out and attacked the officers.

Investigators say the dog latched onto one of the officer's legs.

As one officer was trying to fight the dog off, he shot himself in the leg.

The name of the officer shot has not been released.

He is in non-critical condition at the MED.

Animal control took the pit bull into custody.

No charges have been filed.

We will bring you more information on this developing story,  tonight on Action News Five at 5.