TWO dogs have been shot dead by armed police after savaging a 70-year-old man in a West Sussex street.
He was rushed to hospital with serious injuries following the incident in Bognor Regis at around 9.50am today.
Police charged to Lewes Close following multiple reports of a man being attacked by what police believe to be two Rottweilers.
The victim’s family are being supported by specialist officers as he undergoes treatment and an inquiry in the incident has been launched.
Chief Superintendent Alex Geldart of Sussex Police said: "Due to the ongoing threat – and in order to protect the victim and the wider community – specialist firearms officers were swiftly deployed to the scene and granted authority to bring the dogs safely under control.
"We can confirm that firearms were discharged and both dogs are now deceased.
"The dogs’ owners have been traced and our enquiries are ongoing at this time."
This incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct as a matter of course as a result of police involvement.
Cops are now asking urging anyone with information – including mobile or CCTV footage – to contact the force on 101 quoting Op Byfleet or online here.
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