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UPDATE: Parolee captured, dog shot in Canyon Country manhunt

Posted: August 13, 2013 2:26 p.m.
Updated: August 13, 2013 6:10 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA — A 40-minute manhunt Tuesday for a parolee in Canyon Country led to the gunpoint arrest of a suspect in the Santa Clara River wash and a pit bull shot in the leg, law enforcement officials said.

At 1:30 p.m., parole officers and Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies went to a house on Haxton Drive to check on a parolee who failed to check in with his parole officer, said Bill Sessa, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

When they arrived, the parolee took off on foot and a sheriff’s perimeter was set up in the area of Shangri-La and Haxton.

The wanted man was seen hopping fences through backyards in the area.

“When the parolee bolted, the parole agent ran after him,” Sessa said. “The agent went over a fence to chase the parolee when he was confronted by a pit bull.

“The parole officer shot the dog in the leg,” Sessa said. “The dog was only doing what it’s trained to do. But the parole officer had no choice when he considered his safety.

“He was worried for his safety.”

Corrections Department Chief Deputy Quincy Thacker confirmed the dog was a pit bull, not a rottweiler, as reported by some officers involved in the manhunt.

With the parolee at large, sheriff’s deputies set up a wide perimeter around the Shangri-La neighborhood and established a command post near the Albertsons supermarket on Soledad Canyon Road. A nearby school was locked down, although students were not present because the school year hadn’t begun.

Around 2:10 p.m., three deputies caught up with a man matching the parolee’s description in the river wash and arrested him at gunpoint. Identified as Daniel Dean, he was taken into custody and is expected to appear in court for alleged violation of parole, Sessa said.

Evelina Villa, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, said she was notified about the injured dog and was assured that the animal would make a full recovery.
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