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Rialto Police Take Suspect Into Custody, Kill His Dog Following Standoff

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RIALTO (CBSLA.com) — Police engaged in a police standoff in Rialto killed the suspect’s dog after it reportedly tried to attack a K-9 police dog, according to an emergency dispatcher.

Officers were called to the suspect’s home in the 2500 block of North Amberwood Avenue as many as three times Tuesday after receiving several complaints from neighbors, possibly about loud music.

The first two times officers came to the home the suspect reportedly refused to answer the door.

Police made a third visit to the residence shortly after 3 p.m. and the man allegedly came outside wearing a helmet.

Officials said he dropped a .22-caliber rifle in the driveway before barricading himself inside.

Nearby residents in the cul-de-sac were evacuated.

During the hours-long standoff, the man reportedly called 911 and said he was being harassed by police.

The standoff ended shortly after 9 p.m. when the suspect was taken into police custody using “less lethal means,” according to Capt. Randy De Anda of the Rialto Police Department.

An emergency dispatcher reported that when the suspect was being taken into custody his dog tried to attack a K-9 police dog, prompting officers to fatally shoot the suspect’s dog. The police dog suffered minor injuries.

The suspect was placed on psychiatric hold and taken to a hospital, De Anda said. He will subsequently be placed on a criminal hold.

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