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Livermore Police Kill Attacking Pit Bull During Shooting Investigation

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A pit bull terrier. (Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)

A pit bull terrier. (Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)

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LIVERMORE (CBS SF) – Police arrested six people in connection with a Monday shooting in Livermore after an investigation that included a violent confrontation with a pit bull.

At about 10:45 a.m. Monday, police received a 911 call reporting shots fired into a home in the 2700 block of Palm Avenue. The homeowner was in the backyard when the shots rang out, but was not hit by the gunfire, police said.

Upon arrival, Livermore police found that at least one bullet had hit the side garage door of the residence.

Police traced the bullet’s trajectory to the vicinity of an apartment complex at 917 S. Livermore Ave.

An officer searched a backyard at that address, but during the search he was attacked by a pit bull. The officer kicked the dog, which then ran toward another officer and her K-9 unit, police said.

The pit bull lunged at the police K-9 and bit its neck. The officer who had been attacked first ran to help the second officer and her dog, police said.

The officer was able to grab the pit bull’s collar and attempted to drag it to the backyard, but the collar came off. The pit bull then attacked the K9 again, biting its back leg and locking onto its neck, according to police.

At that point, an officer shot and killed the pit bull, police said.

Police searched an apartment at that address and located a .22-caliber rifle and .40-caliber handgun. Investigators believe the rifle is the weapon from which the bullet that hit the neighbor’s home was fired, police said.

Officers also located evidence of methamphetamine and marijuana sales inside the apartment, according to police.

Police arrested Krista Kresge, 22, Nehemiah Grisso, 34, and Robert Maynard, 24, on suspicion of shooting at a dwelling. Grisso was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance. Maynard was also arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for violation of parole, police said.

Additionally, police arrested Zachary Kraus, 20, Alisha Morgenstern, 18, and Kelly Morgenstern, 39, for allegedly being accessories to a crime. Kelly Morgenstern was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine, according to police.

Anyone with further information about the shooting is asked to contact police at (925) 580-9665.

 

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

 

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