EASTVALE (CBSLA.com) Riverside County Sheriff’s shot a pit bull Sunday during the commission of an alleged robbery in progress in Eastvale.
The pit bull is expected to survive, said authorities.
Eastvale officers responded to the 12000 block of Limonite Avenue around 2:25 p.m. Sunday to investigate a burglary in progress.
Police said two adult males were observed removing the protective security packaging from items in the electronics department of a business before exiting at separate times.
The individual who reported the theft was able to provide the description of a the suspect’s vehicle.
Deputies arrived at the location and observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s car. An enforcement stop was conducted on the vehicle and deputies made contact with the occupants.
One of the suspects opened the door to the vehicle, releasing a large pit bull that immediately charged at the deputy.
Authorities said the deputy had no choice but to defend himself. The deputy fired two rounds at the dog, striking it. The dog is expected to survive.
No deputies were injured.
The suspects were arrested and have been identified as Salvadore Lopez Garcia, 38, of Fullerton and Saege Hall, 25, a resident of Canyon Lake.
A search of the vehicle turned up property allegedly stolen from the business.
Garcia was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and providing false identification to law enforcement. Hall was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for burglary, possession of stolen property, and conspiracy.
The Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Deputy Myers at the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600.