SAN JUAN COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office says their sheriff shot a dog while dealing with a man holding a metal pipe. On Feb. 17, Sheriff Shane Ferrari was off-duty in his own vehicle when he saw a person drive by dangerously and run a red light.

When the sheriff went to check on the vehicle, a man got out with a pipe. The sheriff’s office says Ferrari identified himself as the sheriff, but the man started moving toward him. The man’s dog then got out of the car. Ferrari says he believed the dog was going to attack him and that’s when he shot the dog. Farmington Police are investigating the shooting.

Correction: In a previous version of this story, KRQE reported that charges had been filed against the man. However, that has not happened yet. Farmington Police say they will not be releasing the name of the individual until a “charging determination is made.”