SAN DIEGO - A patrol officer shot and killed three pit bulls that charged him Tuesday after attacking three pedestrians in a Bay Terraces-area neighborhood, San Diego police reported.
Police received a report about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday that a group of dogs had bitten 78-year-old Edgardo Manimtim while he was getting his morning newspaper in front of his home in the 1600 block of Dillard St.
“When they jumped right there on the gate, I fell down and they made a steak out of me,” said Manimtim.
Manimtim fought off the dogs by punching and kicking them. He was rushed to the hospital and treated for injuries on his hand, arm, lip and leg.
Less than 10 minutes later, an officer found the dogs running loose in the 1700 block of Petal Drive, about a block west of the site of the initial attack. When they ran toward him, the patrolman opened fire, mortally wounding all three.
Two of the animals died at the scene. The third was taken to a veterinary clinic, where it was euthanized, Lt. Darryl Hoover told reporters.
Police subsequently learned that two other people had been bitten by the roaming pit bulls, Zwibel said.
Norma Domingo-Williams was walking down the street when the dogs surrounded her and bit her on the ankle and thigh. She used her umbrella to push them away.
“Every time I turned around, they followed me. Their mouths were open,” she said.
The third victim was an 18-year-old man who was bitten on his stomach. He later drove to the hospital to get treated for further care.
Police do not know who the dogs belong to.