Officer Shoots, Kills Dog in Self Defense

Police responding to alarm call were chased by owner's dog on the property, had to use deadly force.

Glendora Police are continuing to investigate an officer involved shooting earlier this morning after officers responding to an alarm call came face to face with the owner's Rottweiler and had to take it down.

The alarm call was made around 1 a.m. in the 1100 block of East Juanita Avenue. The home owner's security system activated and Glendora officers arrived to investigate the home, police said.

The owner was not home at the time of the incident, but was later notified.

According to a follower of the Glendora Patch crime Twitter feed, around six shots were heard in the area of Juanita and Valley Center avenues. The responding officer said "Shots fired, one dog down," according to police scanner reports. What sounded like a whimpering dog could be heard in the background.

According to authorities, the property has a very large backyard. When officers entered the property, they were charged by the large Rottweiler and tried to escape it. Officers continued to evade the dog, with the animal in pursuit. Officers made an attempt to  subdue the dog with a Taser, according to Lt. James DeMond.

With the dog continuing to pursue the officers, they made the choice to fire on it, DeMond said. It was unclear if there was more than one dog on the property.

DeMond was unsure as to what triggered the alarm.

Kim Taylor April 06, 2012 at 04:04 AM
This is so sad! These are my neighbors who loved their dogs. Yes, there is another dog- Bernie, who is so sad without his lifelong companion. I think it was a horrible situation-for everyone! Hopefully, GPD will develop and practice procedures that will make it safer for both the police and any pets should this situation arise again.
Susan Virta April 09, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Shawna- I am so sorry to you, Fred and the kids on your loss. I have never seen your dogs when I visit Kim and John, but I am a huge animal lover. Our pets are everything to us and it breaks my heart to see this happen. I do think the police reaction was excessive and I hope you can settle this to your advantage. Don't give up if there's a form of compensation for your loss. See you next time, Ron and Susan, NW Arkansas
Mark April 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM
This is another sad story of police tactics. A police officer is given training and a gun in order to protect and serve the community. If they don't understand that they are to put their life at risk, as our brave solders do, to protect others first and not their own then I ask simply to turn in their badge and find another line of work that better suits them. Going onto someone property and killing their pet or shooting and unarmed man because you thought they had a gun, of beating a homeless man causing his death, shooting passengers in their car is completely unacceptable. But yet these types of stories get swept aside and forgotten too soon. The blue brotherhoods policies need to be regularly audited by the citizens that hire them to do the work.
Gloria June 12, 2012 at 04:34 PM
This is the third dog killed in two days by the GPD...the first even used the police vehicle to kill. Yes, over use of force. Yesterdays article re: three children (one being 1 yr. old) being left alone during early hrs. of a.m. by dad, and two dogs shot, needs further investigation of possible Aggravated Child Neglect w/child protective services called.
Hazel Lodevico-To'o June 12, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Hi Gloria, This story you are commenting on was posted March 31.


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