Long Beach police officers were investigating a residence near Willow Street and Bellflower Boulevard at about 4 p.m., according to the department. The resident placed her two dogs in the garage while officers were at the residence.
The officers were informed by another resident the owner was being attacked by the dogs in the back yard. Officers found the two dogs violently attacking and biting the owner on the ground in the back yard.
The officers attempted to subdue the dogs using non-lethal force, but were not successful, according to the department.
One officer fired his handgun, causing the dogs to flee the area. The dogs remained a threat and both officers shot both dogs, according to the department.
One dog died at the scene. The other was hospitalized for treatment.
The dogs' owner was hospitalized for multiple bites to the torso.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes or Peter Lackovic at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous information may also be submitted via text or the Web by visiting www.longbeach.gov/police.