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Cops shoot pit bull after robbery suspects sic dog on officers

Chicago Police chased down and arrested six people who robbed a pizza-delivery driver at gunpoint and then sicced a pit bull on responding officers Tuesday night in the South Shore neighborhood.

The trouble started when after a Pizza Hut driver was making a delivery in the 7600 block of South Coles about 9 p.m. Tuesday, a police source said.

One person pretended to pay for the pizza while three to four other male suspects came out of a gangway and robbed him at gunpoint, police said.

Officers converged on the area within minutes and spotted people — pizza boxes still in hand — who matched the descriptions of the robbers in an alley in the same block, police said.

The suspects took off running toward a nearby house, but police arrested six males, ranging in age from juveniles to adults, police said. At least one of the suspects made it to the house and let loose a large male pit bull, sicking it on the officers chasing him.

Police were forced to shoot the dog twice, but it survived, authorities said. The animal was turned over to Chicago Animal Care & Control, which was seeking medical attention for the dog.

Officers also recovered cash from the robbery, but police could not immediately say how much was taken.

No officers were injured, and the delivery driver was “scared to death but not hurt,” police said.

Charges were pending late Tuesday. Central Area detectives were investigating.

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