Woman charged with siccing pit bull on officer

A  local woman is facing several charges in Bridgeport after police say she let her pit bull attack a police officer, who ended up firing his gun to defend himself Wednesday night.



Police said that officers had been paying extra attention to East Main Street after several commercial and street robberies.

Officer Damien Csech reportedly saw two people acting suspiciously Wednesday night, circling the block and allegedly committing several traffic violations. Police said the truck then pulled into a parking lot near East Main and Maple streets.

Csech got out to talk to the people in the truck but police said 48-year-old Pandora McNeill got out of the paseneger side and tried to walk away. Police said she was asked to get back in the vehicle but was uncooperative and then opened the door, allegeldy intentionally allowing a pit bull to jump out of the truck and attach Csech.

Police said Csech tried to push the dog away and fired a shot from his service weapon. He was later taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center. The dog was taken by Bridgeport Animal Control and euthanized Friday morning.

McNeill was charged with assault on a police officer, criminal attempt at second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and interfering with police. Her bond was set at $50,000.

Wes Duplantier