Chop shop investigation leads to shooting of two dogs


An officer shot and killed a pair of dogs and arrested on man on Friday while police were investigating a possible chop shop.

When police arrived on the 2900 block of Dracena, a suspect ran from officers.

While officers were in pursuit, a pair of pit bulls charged one of the officers, causing him to draw his gun and shoot and kill the dogs, according to police.

During the investigation, police arrested 23-year-old Edward Penn on suspicion of possessing stolen property, possessing a stolen vehicle, operating a chop shop and resisting arrest.

The Kern County Auto Task Force helped with the investigation and was able to recover one stolen vehicle, three stolen motorcycles, one stolen engine and multiple stolen car parts.

Police will be conducting an administrative investigation into the shooting as per department protocol.

Anyone with information about this case should call police at (661) 327-7111.

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