A man has died after being bitten by a dog described as “dangerously out of control” by police.
The 37-year-old died from his wounds in hospital in the early hours of Friday morning after being bitten in Leigh, Greater Manchester.
Officers were called to the scene on Thursday night after reports of concern for a man’s welfare just after 9pm with armed police deployed to attempt to control the dog.
Officers tried to subdue the dog which was humanely destroyed due to the risk it posed to the public, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.
A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog causing injury resulting in death. He remains in custody for further questioning.
Detective Superintendent Simon Hurst, of GMP’s Wigan district, said: “Firstly, I would like to extend my condolences to the loved ones of the victim of this attack. Our officers and our partners are currently supporting the victim’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.
“We recognise this incident will rightly cause concern within the local area and we would like to reassure the public that we explored every possible avenue to protect the local community and the animal involved.