PERRIS ( — A missing Perris man was found dead in an open field and his dog was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy when it attacked.

The dog, a pit bull, was clearly protecting the body of his late owner.

The unidentified man was last seen taking the dog for a walk Saturday morning.

Deputies found the man in an open field near the corner of Evans Road and Orange Street, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Williams.

The deputy killed the animal in self-defense. It is unclear if the deputy was hurt in the attack.

Officials went to the open field about 12:44 p.m. Saturday after being told that the dog owner failed to return home from the morning walk.

The man’s cause of death was unknown. An investigation is on-going.

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