Needles, CA: Man arrested and dog fatality shot after authorities served a felony arrest warrant.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, on Wednesday January 21, 2016 deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station responded to a residence in the 1900 block of Peru Street in Needles, California to serve a felony arrest warrant on 32 year old Robert Cleland of Needles, California.
When deputies made contact at the door, they were met by a large vicious dog.
The deputies instructed to occupants of the house to secure the dog.
The dog was placed in a bedroom of the house and deputies entered the house to take Robert Cleland into police custody.
While Robert Cleland was being taken into police custody, the dog was released from the bedroom and charged deputies that were in the hall.
Fearing that the dog was going to attack the deputies, the dog was shot and fatally wounded.
Deputies conducted a safety sweep of the residence and while doing so, found a loaded firearm with it’s serial number obliterated, in plain view.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence and as a result of the search warrant, deputies located property that was reported stolen as well as live ammunition.
Robert Cleland was arrest for the original felony arrest warrant, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, convicted felon in possession of ammunition and possession of stolen property.
Robert Cleland was booked at the Colorado River Station Jail and is being held on $450,000.00 bail.
Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact Detective Runstrum or Detective Cross of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous is asked to contact We-Tip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME or on the We-Tip Hotline website at: http://www.wetip.com