An Aiken County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a dog that was charging toward him while responding to a domestic call, according to a sheriff’s report.

The incident happened about 8 p.m. at a home on Taylor Pond Road in Aiken, according to the report. The officer wrote that it appeared the female was “being held against her will” and that she and a male suspect were fighting.

The officer told the suspect to “Stop” and “Come here,” at which point a wooden gate came open and a large brown dog starting running toward the officer, according to the report. The officer said out loud, “Get your dog,” but the dog ran past the victim and suspect and “charged” the officer as he was walking backward.

The officer drew his handgun and fired one round, striking the dog in the spine, at which point the dog fell to the ground and died, according to the report.

The victim and suspect told officers their dispute was verbal only and that the suspect was not harming the victim, according to the report. They added that neither of them had struck the other.

After the incident, the suspect, who was the dog’s owner, told officers, “He was just doing his job – protecting me.”