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A Harper Woods police officer was injured Sunday in a freak accident involving a pit bull.

Several officers were trying to corral two pit bulls running loose at 8:30 a.m. near Harper Avenue and Parkcrest Drive, police said.

One of the dogs charged an officer, so he fired his gun at it, according to a statement by the Harper Woods Public Safety Department.

The bullet struck the pit bull in the head and shattered with a fragment of the projectile bouncing off the sidewalk and striking another officer in the upper arm, police said.

The officer was treated and released from St. John Hospital in Detroit.

The dogs were taken to a veterinarian in Harper Woods. Their condition wasn’t described.

The public safety department is reviewing the shooting.

The names of the two officers weren’t released.

fdonnelly@detroitnews.com

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