HESPERIA – Deputies responding to a domestic disturbance report on the 7300 block of Redwood Avenue fired a shot that ultimately killed a family dog on Monday evening. Sheriff’s officials said that based on the information provided by the reporting party, the deputies responded to a home and rattled the fence to alert any animals that may have been at the property. After doing so, deputies entered the yard where two small dogs quickly ran up. A large dog followed and was aggressive toward deputies.
The deputies felt as though they were in danger of attack and one fired a single round at the dog with his handgun Sheriff’s officials said. The bullet struck the dog, and the male owner exited the home. He made contact with the deputies who then were able to determine they were at the wrong home. Deputies offered transport of the dog to medical aid but the owner declined and animal control was called.
The deputies involved are saddened by this unfortunate situation taking the life of a family pet. Deputies felt they were faced with no other reasonable option due to the looming attack. Sheriff’s Officials from the
Hesperia Station will remain in contact with the family as they grieve the loss of the family steps and are prepared to help in any way possible.
Following the shooting of the dog, deputies responded to the correct home and 42-year-old Stephanie Roper was arrested for an active grand theft auto warrant and narcotic violations. She was released from custody at around 9:50 p.m. on Monday night and no court appearances are scheduled at this time.
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