BY: JENNIFER MADRIGAL
According to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Press Release, a pit bull was shot and injured after charging a deputy during an attempted arrest. The dog was fired upon after it charged the Deputy and the Deputy was forced to fire two rounds at the animal in order to protect himself. The dog is expected to survive.
According to the Press Release, On Sunday, March 2, 2014, at about 2:23 p.m. Eastvale officers responded to the 12000 block of Limonite Avenue to investigate a burglary in progress. Two adult male suspects were observed removing the protective security packaging from items in the electronics department of the Target Shopping Center (Located on Hamner/Limonite). After they both exited the building, at separate times, an individual who reported the theft was able to provide a vehicle description to authorities.
Once deputies arrived on location and were able to locate the vehicle matching the description, an enforcement stop was conducted. According to the press release, “Upon making contact, the suspect opened the door to the vehicle, releasing a large pit bull that immediately charged at the deputy. The deputy was forced to defend himself and fired two rounds at the dog, striking it. The dog is expected to survive. None of the suspects or the deputies were injured during the altercation”.
The suspects were identified as Salvadore Lopez Garcia, age 38 of Fullerton, who was detained outside the business with stolen property in his possession. The second suspect was identified as Sage Hall, age 25 of Canyon Lake.
The vehicle was searched and stolen property from the business was discovered. Garcia was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and providing false identification to law enforcement. Hall was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for burglary, possession of stolen property, and conspiracy.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is committed to the safety of the citizens of this community and will be vigilant in investigating all crimes of this nature. The Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Deputy Myers at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.