Published: Feb 06, 2011 1:16 AM EST
Updated: Feb 05, 2011 10:16 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral police officer shot and killed a dog that charged while police were investigating a disturbance on Saturday afternoon.

Police say officers were trying to stop a fight at a home on the 1600 block of SE 46th Street.  Neighbors say the fight happened during a woman's birthday party.

"There was an argument between a few people I guess. When things get heated, and passionate in the moment, things escalate," said neighbor Sebastian Jones.

One of the officers was struck on the back of the leg.  A police spokesperson says an officer spotted a large breed dog lunging at him, and shot at it, killing the dog.

"He asked everybody to get on the ground. Their dog approached him. Dog didn't seem like it was a threat. But the dog came up to him, I would've done the same thing, officer then proceeded to shoot the dog," Jones said.

The incident is now under internal review, following standard police procedure.  Lee County Animal Control removed the dog's remains.