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.
–City News Service
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