Deputy shoots dog during a stop for suspicious activity

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A dog was shot by a Kern County deputy Sunday morning in the 2400 block of Center Street.

The shooting happened when deputies patrolling the area stopped for what they believed was suspicious activity.

As they exited the patrol car, a dog lunged at them and one deputy tried fending off the dog with a baton while back-stepping and lost his balance at the curb, fell and hit his head. The other deputy then fired on the dog.

The dog was shot three times in the chest but survived. It was taken from the scene by animal control for treatment.

The deputy who hit his head and injured his knee was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

The deputy who discharged his weapon will be placed on administrative duty while the incident is investigated.

Deputies did make one arrest at the home, for outstanding warrants.


KBAK/KBFX Assignment Editor Tammy Brown contributed to this report.