Long Beach Police Department officers investigating an unauthorized entry at Veteran's Memorial Stadium were charged by a dog that they shot at but missed, a spokesperson said Thursday.
"Uniformed Special Services Officers assigned to Long Beach City College were investigating an open gate at the stadium," Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said in a statement.
"When the officers entered the stadium, which was closed to the public, they observed a subject inside with his dog, a large mixed breed," Pratt continued. "The officers approached the subject to speak with him and as they did, a dog which was not on a leash, ran at the officers and an officer involved shooting occurred."
But the dog was not wounded, and it ran from the stadium at 5000 E. Lew Davis Street. Other officers followed the dog to its nearby home, where city Animal Care Services interviewed the dog owners. It was not clear if they were the same as the individual at the campus.
Anyone with information about the episode is asked to reach Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert and Mark Bigel at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.