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Cop kills pit bull attacking teen on South Side

Tyrell Henry was being attacked by pit bull his way school Wednesday morning when  Chicago Police officer shot dog

Tyrell Henry was being attacked by a pit bull on his way to school Wednesday morning when a Chicago Police officer shot the dog and saved the teenager. | Family photo

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Updated: May 15, 2013 11:42PM

As a pit bull tore at his leg Wednesday morning, Tyrell Henry thought he might bleed to death.

Tyrell, 16, had just gotten off the bus on his way to school at Urban Prep Academy when he noticed the pit bull in the 5900 block of South Stewart shortly before 8 a.m., but it didn’t seem threatening.

“It didn’t growl or bark, so I just kept walking, but then it just grabbed on to my leg,” he said. “I kicked it and hit it with my book bag, but it just kept coming.”

A police officer — who had been called to the area after an earlier report of a pit bull attack blocks away — shot and killed the dog.

The first attack occurred in the 5900 block of South Eggleston, when the dog bit a man in the legs, Chicgo Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

Police did not initially find the dog, but neighbors flagged down a sergeant on patrol and pointed him in the direction where the dog ran off. A short distance away, the sergeant found the dog attacking Tyrell.

As soon as the teenager was a safe distance from the dog, the sergeant fired at the pit bull, fatally wounding it, police said.

Doctors at Saint Bernard Hospital put 19 staples in Tyrell’s right leg.

“Thank God. That police officer is my hero,” said Tyrell’s mother, Helen Henry.

The victim of the first attack was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with leg injuries, Mirabelli said.

Police were trying to find the owner of the dog.

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