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ST AUGUSTINE, Fla -- One deputy was bitten in the leg by a pit bull this morning while serving a warrant.

Members of the St Johns Sheriff's Office, along with SWAT, served a search warrant to a home on the 6400 block of San Pietro Isle, according to release from the SJSO.

The warrant was obtained in reference to an alleged meth lab.

Due to prior instances involving flight from law enforcement and previously reports of dog bites at the residence, a SWAT team was assembled to assist with serving the warrant.

After using a public address system to get the occupants to come out of the home, an individual allegedly yelled “they are coming out.” The door opened, two Pit Bulls were released and the door was closed with no one from the residence coming out, the release stated. 

The dogs immediately ran towards a SWAT team member, making contact with him, while another began to bite the Deputy in the leg. Both dogs were shot at the scene, according to the release.

Two more pit bulls were released on deputies, one was shot and later euthanized, while another ran into nearby woods. Deputies, along with Animal Control continue to search the area for the missing dog. Anyone who encounters an injured Pit Bull is asked to contact the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office or Animal Control at 904-209-6190.  Do not attempt to approach the animal.

The deputy that was bitten was treated at the scene.

Wiley Lionel Horsley, 55 and his brother Robert Dean Horsley, 54 were taken into custody and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and face additional charges as the investigation continues. A third suspect is still being sought for questioning.

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