A coyote that bit two women and a child in Rockville on Thursday tested positive for rabies after being fatally shot by police.

Rockville police said in a statement that a 59-year-old woman and a small dog she was walking were attacked about 10 a.m. on Winder Court, and she was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. The dog was quarantined.

Two other attacks followed in the area of Woodley Gardens, according to Marylou Berg, a spokesman for Rockville police: one on a woman and another on a child. The woman and the child were also hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, Berg said.

Earlier, a man saw a coyote acting aggressively about 5:30 a.m. on Princeton Place, and the animal retreated after the man raised his arms and made noise, police said.

About 11 a.m., a person on a deck on Aster Boulevard saw a dog barking at a coyote from the backyard, the statement said. It’s not yet clear whether the dog was injured, according to police.

The coyote was shot and killed by police about 5 p.m., according to Berg, after the area was under a shelter-in-place order for about an hour.

She said the slain animal would be transported to a state lab for tests. On Friday, Rockville officials said the coyote tested positive for rabies.

Police said anyone who feels threatened by a coyote should back away slowly, throw sticks or clumps of dirt in the animal’s direction — but not at the animal’s head, as that might make it more aggressive — and call 911. Running away will increase the chances of attack, according to police.

Dana Hedgpeth contributed to this report.