Prosecutor: Police officer fatally shoots pit bull

. (AP) - Authorities in northern New Jersey saya police officer fatally shot a pit bull after the dog's ownerreleased it and the animal charged

JERSEY CITY - . (AP) - Authorities in northern New Jersey saya police officer fatally shot a pit bull after the dog's ownerreleased it and the animal charged at the officer.

Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio tells The Jersey Journalof Jersey City that the shooting appears to be justified. But afurther review will be conducted, which is standard procedure whenan officer fires his weapon.

The officer was unhurt in the incident, which occurred around2:45 a.m. Sunday on Cambridge Avenue. He had responded to the areato investigate a reported disturbance.

The dog's owner, 25-year-old John Kelly of Jersey City, wascharged with assault on a police officer and weapons offenses. Itwasn't known if he had retained a lawyer, and a telephone numberfor Kelly could not be located Sunday.

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