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Officer shoots, kills pit bull after it attacked police dog

Updated Friday, April 17, 2015 | 10:15 p.m.

A pit bull shot by a Metro Police officer today after it attacked a police dog during a search for a suspect has died, police said.

Police were called about 7:20 a.m. to the 6400 block of Spanish Garden Court, near Stewart Avenue and North Hollywood Boulevard, to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle, Metro Police said.

Officers tried to stop the car, but when the car pulled over, a male and female fled on foot, police said.

During the investigation, police determined the vehicle was stolen, and they located the female passenger after a short foot chase near Clayton Street, police said.

A K-9 officer and a police dog went looking for the male suspect in the 100 block of Lailani Street, about a mile from Spanish Garden Court, when two dogs approached, Metro said.

One of the dogs stood by as the other, a pit bull, attacked the police dog, police said.

Two officers tried to intervene by hitting the pit bull with batons, but when the attack continued, an officer shot the pit bull once, police said.

The pit bull and the other dog ran away and led officers to the dogs' owner, and a Metro officer drove the owner and pit bull to a veterinary office, where the pit bull died, police said.

The police dog was treated for its wounds at a veterinary office, police said.

The female involved hasn't been charged, and police are still seeking the second suspect, Metro said.

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