Second dog dies from injuries following officer-involved shooting

Red Bluff, Calif.-- It all started just after 9:30 Sunday morning when police responded to two calls of two large dogs on Nelson Drive that were allegedly being aggressive and following a child on a bike.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017 5:36 PM
Updated: Nov. 13, 2017 5:49 PM

Red Bluff, Calif.-- It all started just after 9:30 Sunday morning when police responded to two calls of two large dogs on Nelson Drive that were allegedly being aggressive and following a child on a bike.


According to police one person was bitten but didn't sustain any injuries because of his clothing.

Neighbors who saw the dogs before the shooting told Action News Now they didn't see any aggressive behavior.

Amy Ball has lived in the neighborhood for two years and said she couldn't believe what she saw Sunday, and that minutes before the shooting, "the dogs came into my yard, they were friendly, wagging their tails, didn't bother me or my cats,” she said.

But according to police, when officer Jike Dever arrived, the two St. Bernards were being aggressive, and at one point he had to pepper spray them.

Then moments later, they suddenly began barking and approached him aggressively, and that's when officer Dever fired several rounds at the dogs to protect himself.

One of those bullets hit the home of Rhett Brown who was inside at the time with his wife and 14-year old son watching everything unfold from his window.

"It happened so fast, that I didn't even realize the guy's pointing the gun in our general direction, my wife ducked," he said.

Luckily no one was injured, but he said this bullet could've hit his couch, which is where he was sitting just before the shooting started.

According to neighbors that spoke to Action News Now, the dogs were new to the neighborhood and moved in last week.

The owners were not home at the time, but the two dogs were staying with roommates.

One of the dogs was killed on scene, and another was transported to Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic to be treated for his injuries.

But according to the owners, it has since died.

It's un-clear how the dogs got out, but now neighbors are sympathizing that they won't be returning home.

"They're your family, so for that family, they lost two members. It's horrible," Brown said.

The Red Bluff Police Department said there is concern over the number of rounds that were fired by officer Deever and they are conducting an internal review. In the meantime, he will continue to be on duty.

I have put in a request to the Red Bluff Police Department for body camera footage as well as the 9-1-1 calls, but Lieutenant Hansen tells me they are currently working with the city's attorney to determine whether or not to release it.

Police are asking for the community's patience as the Tehama District Attorney's Office continues to investigate this shooting.

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