Bakersfield police officer shoots and kills 2 pit bulls during chop shop bust

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield police officer shot and killed two pit bulls during a chop shop bust Friday afternoon.

At around 2:30 p.m., officers responded to a burglary and auto theft call in the 2900 block of Dracena Street when they discovered a "chop shop"  being operated at a home. 

While officers pursued a fleeing suspect, two pit bulls charged at an officer. The officer fired two shots from his pistol, killing both dogs. An investigation into the shooting of the dogs is being conducted by the department.

Police recovered a vehicle, three stolen motorcycles and other items at the scene.

Police arrested 23-year-old Edward Penn and booked him on multiple charges including possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle, operating a "chop shop," conspiracy and resisting arrest. The investigation is ongoing.


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