Police officer shoots three pit bulls after pedestrians attacked

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A patrol officer shot and killed three pit bulls that
charged him Tuesday after attacking three pedestrians in a Bay Terraces-area
neighborhood, San Diego police reported.

Police got a report about 8:30 a.m. that a group of dogs had bitten a 78-
year-old man on the face and arm while he was getting his morning newspaper
in front of his home in the 1600 block of Dillard Street, SDPD public-affairs
Officer Ed Zwibel said.

Less than 10 minutes later, an officer found the terriers running loose
in the 1700 block of Petal Drive, about a block west of the site of the initial
attack. When they ran toward him, the patrolman opened fire, mortally wounding
all three.

Two of the animals died at the scene. The third was taken to a
veterinary clinic, where it was euthanized, Lt. Darryl Hoover told reporters.

Police subsequently learned that two other people had been bitten by the
roaming pit bulls, Zwibel said. Medics tended to the three victims and took
at least one of them to a hospital for further care.

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