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Largo officer hit, injured by PSTA bus while backing away from dog

'I think he was so distracted by the dog he didn’t see the bus,” a Largo police official said of the injured officer.

LARGO — A police officer was injured Tuesday when a dog backed him into the roadway, where he was struck by a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus, according to Largo police.

The incident took place at about 2:10 p.m. in a neighborhood near 134th Avenue and 121st Street N, across from Ridgecrest Park.

The officer was investigating a report of lost property. When the officer came to the door to talk to a resident, police said, a large dog suddenly ran out of the house and toward the officer “in an aggressive manner.”

The officer back into the roadway, police said, and was struck by the passenger bus.

“The resident opened the door and the dog got out,” said Largo Lt. Scott Gore on Wednesday. “Trying to get away from the dog, he backtracked into the road. I think he was so distracted by the dog he didn’t see the bus.”

The Largo Police Department said it is investigating the incident and did not release the names of anyone who was involved. Police did not disclose the speed of the bus, which was operating on a residential road, not a highway.

The officer did not suffer life-threatening injuries. He was released from the hospital and is resting at home, Gore said. The dog did not bite the officer and was not injured.

A transit authority spokeswoman said no one aboard the bus was injured, and that the agency is assisting the police investigation.