Armed Parolee Arrested, Pit Bull Shot Dead After Santa Clara Search

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Joshua James Benson (Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office)

SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) – A search for a parolee considered armed and dangerous led to a shelter-in-place order in a Santa Clara neighborhood Thursday morning before the man was captured, according to Santa Clara Police.

During the police action, a pit bull dog was shot dead by an officer after it lunged at them, according to police.

27-year-old James Joshua Benson was being sought in the area of Machado Park on the 3300 block of Cabrillo Ave. in Santa Clara Thursday morning, police said.

A domestic violence complaint around 4:40 a.m. prompted the search for Benson, Santa Clara police Lt. Wahid Kazem said.

Officers set up a quarter-mile perimeter in the neighborhood during the search.

Benson was located at a home on Santa Rosa Court where he surrendered around 9:30 a.m., police said. A pit bull who came aggressively at one of the officers on the scene was shot dead.

Kazem said the Benson was on parole for a violent crime.

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