Middletown police officers shot two pit bulls late Wednesday morning after the owner set one of the dogs on them, police said.
Police were called to 98 Wisner Ave. due to a report of a man screaming, and when they interviewed the resident, Shawn Beach, 32, they found he had a warrant from Port Jervis. When they told Beach they were going to arrest him, he ran to a corner of the kitchen with a large pit bull and said he would not be arrested and would release the dog if they tried.
Two officers tried to arrest Beach, and he released the dog, which lunged at the two officers. A third officer shot the dog to protect them, police said.
As they were handcuffing Beach, another pit bull escaped from a cage in the kitchen and charged at an officer, who shot the dog to protect himself.
Police used a Taser to subdue Beach. Both dogs died. None of the officers were bitten; one suffered a minor back injury but is not expected to miss any work.
Beach is being charged with felony attempted assault, resisting arrest, and the warrant from Port Jervis.