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A neighbor with a gun killed a snarling dog Friday after it and another attacked a Jacksonville mailman's truck outside a home in the 1400 block of Panther Run Road.
Police said the 51-year-old mailman had just driven up to the Arlington house about 3:30 p.m. to deliver mail when the two dogs, one a white-and-brown pit bull terrier, ran across the lawn right at him. The dogs, owned by a Jacksonville police officer, barked and growled as they jumped at the mail truck window, rocking the vehicle back and forth as they lunged.
Honking his horn to scare them away, the mailman's screams alerted another neighbor working in his yard next door. Adam Cuppoletti, 34, grabbed his handgun from the kitchen and ran back outside, yelling at the dogs to stop, according to the Sheriff's Office incident report.
As he yelled "no!" and "stop!" several times, the pit bull turned and growled at him from the street, then came his way, the report said. Cuppoletti again shouted "no!" and the dog charged, snarling and baring his teeth.
Cuppoletti fired one shot at its chest and the dog ran back to its yard, leaving a trail of blood before it fell and died. No one was injured, and the other dog disappeared. Cuppoletti, listed in the police report as employed by the U.S. Navy, couldn't be reached for comment.
The officer wasn't home at the time, but police said his front door was wide open when officers checked, and that's how his animals apparently escaped. No charges were filed in the shooting.