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Fairfield Police Shoot, Kill Stray Pit Bull While Pursuing Suspect



    Fairfield Police Shoot, Kill Stray Pit Bull While Pursuing Suspect
    Fairfield Police Department
    Antoine Gordon

    A traffic stop in Fairfield Friday afternoon ended with the arrest of a man who had several warrants for his arrest, as well as the fatal shooting of a stray pit bull that allegedly attacked a police dog.

    The incident began at about 4:30 p.m., when officers tried to stop conduct a traffic stop near Olive Road and East Tabor Avenue, according to police.

    The suspect vehicle, however, did not stop and drove south into a dead end on Olive Road. The vehicle's driver then fled on foot and began jumping the fences of homes into neighboring Suisun City.

    At one point, the suspect forced his way into a home's garage, but then fled and continued jumping fences, police said. 

    During the chase, officers recognized the suspect — later identified as Antoine Gordon, 44, of Solano County — as someone who had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.

    Fairfield officers, along with Suisun City police and Solano County sheriff's deputies converged in the area.

    Authorities eventually found Gordon hiding on the roof of a home in the 600 block of Canvasback Drive, according to police.

    As officers attempted to enter the home's backyard to apprehend the suspect with a police K-9, a pit bull emerged from the yard and attacked the K-9, police said.

    Officers tried to stop the pit bull but were unsuccessful and one officer was forced to shoot the pit bull to stop the attack.

    Meanwhile, Gordon, who was on the home's roof, began shouting at officers, saying that he wanted them to kill him.

    Officers talked with him for several minutes and eventually convinced him to surrender, according to police.

    Gordon was arrested on suspicion of engaging in a reckless pursuit, resisting arrest, obstructing and delaying a police officer, as well as for the felony warrant.

    The pit bull who was shot by police died, police said. Officers learned the animal was stray dog that roamed the neighborhood and the home's resident occasionally let it stay in her backyard.

    Aside from the pit bull, no other injuries were reported, according to police.

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