FBI agent shoots dog near Golden Valley, Bureau probe underway

Sheriff's deputies talk to dog-walking woman at scene of dog shooting by FBI agent. photo by Austin Dave, The Signal
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FBI agents were called to investigate reports late Friday afternoon that one of their agents had shot and killed a charging pit bull in a suburban part of Canyon Country.

The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. Friday on Via Ott near Piazza Di Sarro near Golden Valley Road, after a woman walking a dog encountered a man walking a dog.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station were the first to be dispatched to the call.

“The dog apparently that attacked another dog was a pit bull,” Lt. Chuck Becerra of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station told The Signal.

“The pit bull was unleashed,” he said.

Whenever a federal agent discharges a firearm it requires an immediate investigation by other FBI agents, Becerra said.

“There’s a whole protocol whenever a federal agent discharges a firearm,” he said.

At least three FBI agents were on the scene within a half an hour of the shooting.

They paid particular attention to at least one shell casing found on the ground.

An officer with Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control confirmed for The Signal that one dog attacked another dog and that one of the dogs had been shot.

“One of our officers is on the scene,” she said, describing the initial incident as one dog attacking another dog.

“But, we don’t know who shot it,” she said.

The woman who had been walking her dog kept shouting: “The dog is dead. The dog is dead.”

She was also heard saying: “Let me kiss him.”

About 7:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies dragged what appeared to be a lifeless pit bull from the backseat of a car.


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