SAN ANTONIO -

A man is facing multiple charges after police say he ordered his pit bull to attack officers.

SAPD says an officer had to fire shots at the attacking pit bull.

The incident happened just before 10 p.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of Burnet.

Police say they got a call for shots fired, and found a car with bullet holes in it.

During the investigation, an officer saw a man standing in the door way of a nearby house and approached him for questioning.

Police say when the suspect saw the officer coming toward him, he dropped a pistol and ordered his pit bull to attack.

The officer fired several shots at the dog and it ran off.

Police arrested the suspect, and say he is a known felon.

They say he will be charged with assault on a police officer for ordering his dog to attack.

Police say he's also facing felony possession of a firearm and criminal mischief charges.