PITTSBURG — A Contra Costa Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a pit bull during a search of a home here back in June, an incident that the sheriff’s office didn’t publicly disclose until recently.
The June 26 shooting occurred after an “aggressive” dog rushed out of a Pittsburg home during and attacked a police K9, according to a sheriff’s spokesman. The dog suffered blood loss and died later that day, according to police.
Police identified the dog as a pit bull, and say they allowed one of its owners to take the dog to the vet after the shooting, while the search was still going on.
Sheriff spokesman Jimmy Lee acknowledged the shooting had taken place, in response to an inquiry from this newspaper. He did not respond to a question about why the shooting hadn’t been publicly disclosed at the time.
Police have not named the deputy who fired his gun.
It all started when deputies arrived at the home of Robert Cabrera-Pulos, 29, on Matthew Court, at around 3 p.m. June 26. Cabrera-Pulos was on probation for a felony conviction of recklessly evading police, and deputies wanted to conduct a probation search of the home, according to court records.
As police arrived, Cabrera-Pulos and another man, identified as Shane Hernandez, 28, ran out of the home through the back door. Police deployed a K9 to assist in arresting the pair, and while the police dog was chasing them, the pit bull attacked the police dog.
“The Deputy K-9 handler attempted to separate the two dogs, but was bitten by the aggressive dog that came out of the house,” Lee said in an email to this newspaper. “For the safety of the Deputy and the Sheriff’s Office K-9, the Deputy fired one round striking the aggressive dog, which later died.”
After detaining Cabrera-Pulos and Hernandez, police continued a search of the home. They found credit card skimmers, stolen mail, about a half-ounce of methamphetamine. They also found a plastic bin, which Cabrera-Pulos reportedly told a deputy was full of “ID theft s—,” according to court records.
Cabrera-Pulos, Hernandez, and a third person inside the home were all arrested, according to police.
Officer-involved shooting protocol was not invoked because no human beings were injured by gunfire, police said.
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle