CORNING, Calif. - The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Corning that left a Bull Mastiff injured when it allegedly attacked a smaller dog Monday evening.
According to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched just before 8 p.m. to 4271 East Ave., regarding an off-duty deputy firing his pistol at a large dog when it was aggressively attacking the deputy’s personal dog.
Authorities say the deputy, whose name is not being released at this time, was walking with his wife and his smaller dog on North East Avenue when a Bull Mastiff suddenly jumped its fence and aggressively came forward at them.
The Bull Mastiff was allegedly biting the dog’s throat, and in moments, the sheriff’s deputy fired 3 shots at the Mastiff, forcing the dog to release the small dog and fall to the ground.
Anita Jacobson says her dog “Moose” an English Mastiff did jump out of her yard when she was letting her other dogs go out to use the bathroom.
Jacobson says when “Moose” jumped into the street, where the smaller dog was, the deputy apparently screamed and yelled at her to “get your dog!”
She then says the off-duty deputy pulled his gun and fired a warning shot telling her to enter the dogfight that was occurring at the time. Once the warning shot was fired she went to retrieve “Moose,” but the dog, unfortunately, got loose from her grasp.
Jacobson says the gun was pointing at her direction when she was behind “Moose” and felt that there was a total disregard for her safety.
She is now filing a citizen’s complaint about the ordeal and says “Moose” is a friendly dog and believes the deputy did not have the liberty to shoot her dog.
Detective Watkins from the Tehama County Sheriff's Office says the off-duty deputy had the right by law to shoot the dog, according to California Penal Code Section 599c.
Both dogs are in stable condition, according to the Tehama County Sheriff's Office.
At this time the sheriff’s office says the deputy is not facing any consequences from the shooting.