According to a statement from the department, a resident saw police arrive with a warrant to a residence in the 600 block of Pleasant St., Willard, shortly before 2 p.m. and bolted for his apartment.
As he opened the door, two large pit bulls ran from the apartment and charged the officers that were pursuing the man.
As the dogs approached, one of the officers fired his service weapon at them and fell while trying to retreat. Other officers then joined in shooting at the dogs as the dogs approached the officer on the ground.
In the melee, a bullet hit the foot of a female bystander, who has not been identified. She was taken by Willard EMS to Mercy Hospital where she was later released. The officer who fell also suffered injuries and was treated at Mercy Hospital.
The Huron County Dog Warden's office arrived and captured one of the pit bulls, which was struck by a bullet. The dog warden took the animal to a veterinary clinic. It was later released.
Kyle Zarcone, 19, and Anthony Hicks, 19, were both arrested on charges of drug possession, and Willard police seized evidence of drug trafficking and a safe. Additional charges may be filed after review by the law director.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification has been called in to conduct a review of the shooting.
For more on this developing story, pick up a copy of Friday's Register.