HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California police officer fatally shot a Rottweiler that lunged at officers who were arresting its owner, authorities said Tuesday.
The Torrance Daily Breeze said the videotaped shooting occurred Sunday after police surrounded a home where a gunman reportedly robbed two people.
Police arrested a bystander they say refused to turn down blaring car music during the incident. A cellphone video, posted on YouTube, shows the dog leaping out of the car window and lunging at officers who handcuffed its owner.
The officer shot the dog four times.
Leon Rosby, the dog's owner, spent the night in jail on suspicion of obstructing officers. Rosby, who has a criminal history and a current lawsuit against police, said they needlessly killed his dog. His lawyer said the incident will be added to the lawsuit.
Police are investigating the shooting.
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