A Tempe police officer shot and killed a pit bull Monday near the Tempe public library.
At about 1:30 in the afternoon, a park ranger came upon the dog in an alley near the southwest corner of the library parking lot near Rural Road and Southern Avenue, said Tempe police spokeswoman Cindy Davies.
She said the pitbull charged the park ranger, who retreated to the top of a block wall near some residences and called police.
When police arrived, the dog aggressively turned on one of the officers and he was forced to shoot, Davies said.
"I think it's great nobody got hurt because there's a high possibility with the number of people that go to the library," Davies said.
She added that investigators aren't sure if the dog was a stray animal or if it belonged to someone.