A Charleston County deputy shot a dog that bit him Monday afternoon, according to Maj. Eric Watson.

About noon, a deputy was sent to U.S. Highway 17 and S.C. Highway 45 around Awendaw to investigate a report that stray dogs were walking in the road and creating a traffic hazard, Watson said. The deputy saw a dog in the road that apparently had been hit by a car.

While trying to remove the dog from the road, another dog attacked him and bit him on the forearm, Watson said. The deputy described the dog as a pit bull. The deputy pulled out his gun and fired several shots, killing the dog.

The deputy was treated for injuries. The Sheriff's Office is reviewing the incident, Watson said.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.