Two suspects were arrested, a pit bull was fatally shot and an officer injured during an investigation into mail theft early Wednesday morning in San Jose.
San Jose Police Officer Albert Morales said police got an early morning 911 call of three suspects breaking into mailboxes in the 900 block of La Barbera Drive.
“Witnesses said they saw three suspects breaking into a slew of mailboxes at an apartment complex,” Morales said.
The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle before police arrived, but witnesses provided officers with a description of the suspects, the suspect vehicle and the license plate number.
Officers were able to track the vehicle back to an address in the 500 block of North Third Street in San Jose.
The vehicle was registered to an owner who was on searchable probation, police said.
Officers conducted a probation search armed with a photo of the car owner and made contact with a female at the residence.
Morales said an officer spotted the suspect who had a pit bull with him. The officer removed his gun, Morales continued, and ordered the suspect to come out. The dog then attacked the officer, latching onto his leg.
Morales said a second officer then fatally shot the dog. A 37-year-old male and a 24-year-old female were taken into custody.
The injured officer was taken to a local hospital, treated for the bite wound and released.
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