A Southern California police officer fatally shot a Rottweiler that lunged at officers arresting its master.
The Torrance Daily Breeze says the videotaped shooting occurred Sunday after police surrounded a home where a gunman reportedly robbed two people.
The video is below. Warning: This video contains adult language and violence and some viewers may find this video’s contents objectionable.
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 master. It’s shot four times. Several bystanders were filming, according to Swain.
“During this evolving critical incident and the extraction of suspects from the home, Officers containing the location were interfered with by an individual,” Hawthorne Lt. Scott Swain said in a press release. “This interference included loud, distracting music (from the individual’s vehicle), and his intentional walking within close-proximity to armed officers, while holding an 80-pound Rottweiler on a long leash-line.”
Leon Rosby spent the night in jail on suspicion of obstructing officers.
Rosby, who has a criminal history and a current lawsuit against police, say they needlessly killed his dog. His lawyer, Michael Gulden, says the incident will be added to the lawsuit.
Rosby spoke about the shooting of his dog in a video:
Police are investigating the shooting. They’ve also asked for anyone who filmed the incident to contact police.
Suspects who were allegedly involved in the armed robbery barricaded themselves in the home. They surrendered after a nearly two-hour standoff.