On the afternoon of June 4, deputies fatally shot a pit bull in Stockton after it attacked and killed a man who had been arguing with its owner.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 3:49 p.m. Saturday of a pit bull attacking a man on North Gertrude Avenue.
Responding deputies went to the site and spotted a “loose and aggressive” pit bull in a yard as the victim, Earl Wayne Stephens Jr., lay close-by, according to the sheriff’s office.
Stephens was “badly bleeding with multiple dog bite wounds,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
With Stephens’ safety being the top priority, the deputies had no choice but to shoot and kill the pit bull, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Stephens was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Neighbors told KOVR-TV that the canine’s owner and Stephens were arguing when the pit bull attacked Stephens. Afterwards, it attacked its owner. No one else was involved.
At the time of this report, the Stockton pit bull attack is still being investigated. No arrests have been made.