Owner killed by pit bull in Jeffersonville identified

Owner killed by pit bull in Jeffersonville identified
Jeffersonville police officers responded to the 800 block of West Larkspur Drive on a report of a man being bitten by a dog Wednesday morning. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WAVE) - A man who died following a pit bull attack in Jeffersonville has been identified.

Jeffersonville police officers responded to the 800 block of West Larkspur Drive on a report of a man being bitten by a dog Wednesday morning. Det. Josh Schiller confirmed it happened just after midnight.

The first officer to arrive tried to stop the pit bull attack with pepper spray, but was unsuccessful. The officer then shot the dog to end the attack, according to a statement from the Jeffersonville Police Department.

Officers then tried to render medical aid to the victim, identified by the Clark County coroner as Donald Ryan, 62, until EMS arrived. EMS workers also tried to render aid, but it was too late. Ryan died at the scene.

Det. Schiller confirmed the dog died and that it was owned by the victim.

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