Dog attacks officer and gets shot – then dog’s knife-wielding owner goes after deputy and also gets shot

READING, MI – After authorities in Reading fatally shot a reportedly aggressive dog, the dog’s owner allegedly confronted a sheriff’s deputy, while armed with a knife, incensed over his dog being shot. The armed confrontation resulted in the armed male also being fatally shot by authorities.

On April 28th at approximately 7:45 p.m., a Hillside County Sheriff’s deputy had responded to a residence regarding a dog-at-large complaint.

Upon arrival at the residence, this deputy was reportedly bitten by the dog in question. According to the Michigan State Police, the deputy was forced to fatally shoot the dog that was actively attacking him.

It was at this time that the resident, 32-year-old Oscar Herrera, had allegedly came outside and confronted the deputy while armed with a knife. Reportedly, Herrera was upset over his dog being fatally shot by the deputy. It’s unknown whether Herrera knew the circumstances surrounding the encounter.

Authorities say that after Herrera confronted the deputy while armed with a knife, the deputy fatally shot Herrera.

Reports show that the individual fatally shot by the deputy has had a history with police interactions, as he was reportedly arrested back in March in connection to a “shots fired” complaint lodged at the time.

Officials say, with regard to that March arrest of Herrera, that he was reportedly inebriated and had fired off several gunshots in a wooded area behind his home.

That March call reportedly commanded the response of two sheriff’s deputies, seven Michigan State Police troopers, and various officers from the Reading Police Department.

Officials have not released the name of the deputy involved in the fatal shooting of Herrera and his dog but noted that he has approximately seven years of law enforcement experience.

The Michigan State Police is reportedly leading the investigation into the incident and will later submit their findings to the Hillside County Prosecutor’s Office.

Reports indicate that the deputy injured by the dog during the incident was treated at an area hospital for the dog bite injuries.  He’s reportedly been released following treatment and he’s expected to be able to return to duty.

The deputy has been reportedly placed on administrative leave while the investigation is conducted, as is custom in officer involved shooting incidents.

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In other news pertaining to dogs, a 64-year-old woman was reportedly stabbed to death while she was taking her dog for a walk in California back in April. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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RIVERSIDE, CA– Brutal attacks against Asian people has become an increasing problem in this country. The latest incident in California left an Asian woman dead after she was stabbed to death. 

On Saturday, April 3rd, 64-year-old Ke Chieh Meng was stabbed to death as she walked her dogs in a Riverside neighborhood. Shortly after the attack, a 23-year-old transient woman was arrested on suspicion of her murder.

According to the Riverside Police Department, officers received several calls of a woman down on Golden Avenue, near Stonewall Drive in the La Sierra neighborhood, around 7:30 a.m. When police arrived, the woman was found bleeding.

Meng, who police say was “randomly confronted and attacked” by the suspect, was taken to a local hospital with stab wounds to her abdomen. She would later succumbed to her injuries.

Meng’s son, Yi Bai said of his mothers passing:

“My heart… it felt like it was getting torn in half. I’m an only child too. My mother came here to this country to give me my American dream,” 

According to a press release from the department:

“Shortly after, our dispatch center began receiving calls from neighbors reporting a transient woman walking through their yards and appearing suspicious,” 

ABC7 reported that officers checked the area and detained the suspect, Darlene Stephanie Montoya from Monterey Park. She was later booked for murder, weapons violation and suspicion of being under the influence of an illegal substance. She is being held without bail.

Authorities believe at this time that the attack was carried out randomly, and it is not a direct result of the fact that Meng was Asian. 

Officer Ryan Railsback said:

“The suspect is homeless from LA County and is obviously experiencing mental health and substance abuse issues,” 

He added:

“the attack could have happened to anyone.”

Meng’s murder could have been avoided, as her attacker was in police custody just several days prior, but was released due to extremely flawed COVID-19 bail protocols.

On Tuesday, March 30th, Montoya was arrested by Riverside police on the suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after she allegedly attacked a woman with a skateboard on Tyler Avenue at the 91 Freeway, according to police.

She was booked and released with a Notice to Appear citation due to an emergency bail schedule prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meng’s son wants to know why Montoya was released in the first place, allowing her to harm another innocent individual. 

Bai said:

“To have her go out into the streets again — it was just a few days ago that this happened, not a year ago, where they could say that her mental situation had changed,” 

Family members say they hope lawmakers and leaders consider who they’re letting out of jail under new pandemic protocols, NBC4 reported

Bai said:

“I hope they can see from this incident, this person or these people who are getting let out, for clearly a violent, criminal act, I mean… what if it was their daughter?” 

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