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Police officer accidentally shoots himself while trying to fire at pit bull

Dog who nearly lost her life in Riverside
Dog who nearly lost her life in RiversideScreen shot via NBC Southern Calif.

According to CBS Los Angeles, a deputy in Riverside County, Calif., accidentally shot himself when he tried to fire his gun at a pit bull that he encountered while trying to deliver a court document on Wednesday afternoon.

The deputy, whose name has not been released, claimed that the dog approached him in an aggressive manner, and that he fired his gun because he feared for his life. The gunshot did not hit the dog - instead, the deputy hit his own leg and sustained non life-threatening injuries.

According to NBC Southern California, the dog, named "Precious," barked at the approaching deputy when he entered her family's fenced-in yard.

When NBC Southern California later arrived at the home to take footage of where the incident took place, their cameras captured the supposedly "aggressive" dog peacefully playing with children inside of her fenced yard.

The dog is not being removed from her family because she did not do anything wrong.

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