Paso officer shoots pit bull; owner arrested on assault charge

Police shot and killed a pit bull and arrested its owner after the animal reportedly attacked an officer Sunday night, the Paso Robles Police Department announced Monday morning.

The dog reportedly charged an officer aggressively as he was responding to a report of a domestic disturbance on Nanette Lane near Melody Drive, according to police.

The officer shot the dog because its attack was “so sudden and aggressive,” according to a Police Department press release.

Police said they were summoned to the residence after a woman called 911 to report that her brother, David Stackhouse, 48, was trying to force his way into her bedroom with the dog to attack her.

The woman said that the dog had already bitten her brother, police said.

The pit bull reportedly attacked the officer as he retreated after he yelled into the home’s open front door and identified himself as a police officer.

Police say authorities have documented that the dog has bitten people twice before, and that neighbors reported it has attacked other animals.

Stackhouse was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly trying to have the pit bull attack his sister, police said.

After being treated for his dog bite, Stackhouse was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he was listed as of Monday morning as being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.