Authorities said at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday, a Chino police officer ran the license place of a maroon Honda Civic near the 13300 block of Monte Vista Avenue and found the car had been reported stolen out of Moreno Valley.
At that point, the Honda made a sudden left turn and crashed into a mail box. The driver got out of the car and fled on foot into the backyard of a nearby home.
The officer ran after the suspect into the backyard but was confronted by a large dog. The officer shot the dog in the leg to ward off an attack, while the suspect got away.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man about 19 years old with black hair, wearing black clothing.
The dog suffered minor injuries and was treated by a local veterinarian.
If you have any information regarding this incident, you're urged to contact the Chino Police Department at (909) 628-1234.