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KCSO investigating an officer-involved shooting of a dog in East Bakersfield

Kern County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Patrol Car (FILE)
Posted at 2:12 PM, Nov 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-28 17:12:39-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating an officer-involved shooting of a dog in East Bakersfield.

Officials said on Thursday, deputies from Metro Patrol were dispatched to Monterey Street to check the welfare of 57-year-old John Borneman. When officials arrived to Borneman's home they were made aware that he fled toward Fairfax Road.

Deputies said they searched for Borneman in the area of Niles Street and Fairfax Road. They reportedly found him with four large breed dogs.

Deputies said they attempted to talk with Borneman, who was uncooperative in providing information.

"During the conversation, one of the dogs became loose and attacked an uninvolved bystander on the sidewalk," KCSO said in a news release. "Deputies opened fire and struck the dog."

Deputies said Borneman remained uncooperative before being placed under arrest for public intoxication and delaying an investigation.

He was taken to the Central Receiving Facility for booking.

The bystander who was injured by the dog has not been identified and the extent of the injuries are unknown.

Kern County Animal Control arrived on scene to take custody of the dog. The dog's condition is also unknown at this time, KCSO said.

The incident is still under investigation.