Police: Woman fatally mauled by pit bull

Associated Press


Authorities say a woman found unresponsive at an Ohio home was mauled to death by a pit bull.

Cincinnati police on Thursday identified the woman as 42-year-old Della Riley. The Hamilton County coroner has ruled that Riley died from traumatic injuries caused by the dog.

Cincinnati police Lt. Steve Saunders said officers were called to the home early Wednesday afternoon to assist firefighters who had responded to a report of a woman having seizures. Saunders said officers found the dog standing over Riley inside the home and that it charged at the officers, who opened fire and killed it.

Saunders said an autopsy showed that one of the officers’ rounds ricocheted off the floor and struck Riley in the abdomen after she had died.

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