CBS 5, CA
A man and a pit bull were shot to death on Saturday evening in Geyserville after a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy uncovered several pounds of marijuana in the man's sport utility vehicle.
At about 4:40 p.m. Saturday Deputy Dave Iverson spotted a blue Toyota 4-Runner parked on Geyserville Avenue just north of Lytton Springs Road, an area known for its heavy drug trafficking activity, the sheriff's department reported.
A man, woman and two pit bulls were sitting inside the SUV, the sheriff's department reported.
According to the sheriff's department, Iverson confronted the man and woman about the marijuana, and both claimed it was for medical use.
A second sheriff's deputy, Greg Meyers, arrived at the scene at 5:26 p.m. to assist Iverson in the investigation of the two vehicle occupants, the sheriff's department reported.
During the course of the investigation both the man and woman gave conflicting stories to the deputies, the sheriff's department reported.
About an hour later Deputy Jon Watson was called to the scene with his narcotics scent-trained K-9 to assist the other deputies, the sheriff's department reported.
Upon Watson's arrival, the male suspect pulled a handgun out and shoved the barrel underneath Watson's ballistic vest, the sheriff's department reported.
Watson was able to grab the revolver and twist his body out of the way, firing a single shot from his own gun at the suspect, striking him in the chest, according to the sheriff's department.
In retaliation the female passenger released the pit bulls from the vehicle, one of which charged deputies Iverson and Watson.
Deputies Iverson and Watson both shot at the attacking pit bull, subsequently killing it, the sheriff's department reported.
The male suspect was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:04 p.m.
The female suspect was arrested and will likely faces charges pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident, the sheriff's department reported.
Deputies Watson, Iverson and Meyers are currently on paid administrative leave as a result of the ongoing investigation.