Police in Oceanside, California, shot and killed a Pit Bull early Monday morning outside a home in the 700 block of Morse St., when it charged officers, reports 10 News. (Oceanside is the third-largest city in San Diego County.)
Officers responded to a disturbance of a suspicious man sitting in front of a home at that location at approximately 2:45 a.m. and found a man sitting in the yard in a chair with an unleashed Pit Bull terrier.
The responding officers tried to talk to the man, who appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug and was uncooperative.
The officers recognized the man as a known gang member and knew he did not live in the neighborhood, Lieutenant Leonard Cosby told U-T San Diego.
When the officers attempted to exit their vehicle and talk to the man, the Pit Bull charged them, Cosby said. The officers asked the man to put his dog on a leash and control it, but he replied that his pet “wasn't doing anything wrong and was protecting him.”
The second time the Pit Bull charged them, one officer used a Taser on it, the Lieutenant said. One of the barbs hit the dog and it ran back to its owner.
Officers then told the man to come out to the street so they could avoid being bitten by the dog, but he refused, U-T San Diego reports. As officers approached the man, the dog charged the officers a third time and an officer shot and killed it because he feared for his personal safety, Cosby said.
The dog's owner was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of an unknown substance and obstructing a police officer, reports U-T San Diego.