A K-9 was wounded and a pitbull shot dead during a sheriff’s search for a wanted transient on Saturday near Lake Elsinore in Western Riverside County, California.
The shooting occurred while two deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department were looking for Shawn Redding, 35, who had escaped from a deputy the night before, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The pitbull reportedly jumped out of the window of a residence while the deputies were searching a residential yard and attacked Tessa the K-9, which prompted one of the deputies to shoot and kill the pitbull.
Tessa suffered a bullet wound to her right paw but is expected to return to work following her recovery. Tessa was treated at a local veterinary hospital, notes the Times. According to a sheriff’s deputy, both the pitbull and its owner are unrelated to suspect Redding.
Redding was arrested on Saturday after tips led authorities to a local business where he was located. He had several arrest warrants against him, which included suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, petty theft, and assault and battery.
He is expected to appear in court on Wednesday at the Murrieta Southwest Justice Center.