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Deputy accidentally shoots self in leg

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POSTED April 17, 2014 8:15 p.m.

RIVERSIDE (AP) — Riverside County sheriff’s officials say a deputy accidentally shot himself in the leg while trying to defend himself against an aggressive dog.

The Press-Enterprise reports the deputy was attempting to serve a legal document Wednesday at a residence in Riverside when the dog became aggressive.

Sheriff’s spokesman Armando Munoz says the deputy, attempting to defend himself, pulled his service weapon and shot one round. The bullet struck his leg.

Munoz says the injuries are not life-threatening and the deputy is recovering.

The dog wasn’t hurt.

The sound of the gunfire calmed the animal’s aggressive behavior, and the dog remained at the house.

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