STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police officer has shot and killed a dog after it attacked a child and then turned on the officer.

A Stratford officer saw the dog biting the child Tuesday afternoon.

Capt. Frank Eannotti said in a statement the dog would not release the child, so the officer used an electronic stun gun on the animal.

The dog let go of the child, who ran to safety.

The dog then turned on the officer who used the stun gun again, but "to no effect."

The officer retreated and shot the dog to stop the attack.

The child was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The dog died at the scene.

Police did not release the dog's breed or the age of the child. The investigation is ongoing.

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