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Monday, December 17, 2012

3 pit bulls fatally shot during drug bust, 2 men charged

Chicago police made two arrests and shot three pit bulls who had been commanded to attack them while working on a drug bust early Saturday on the West Side.
Kelvin Murray, 27, of the 4300 block of West Thomas Street, was charged with felony criminal fortification of a residence, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of assault, and resisting police.
Early Saturday, police responded to the 700 block of North Springfield Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood and saw Murray allegedly engaged in narcotics transactions with numerous people. When Murray saw the officers, he allegedly ran into a residence, slammed the door and "fortified" the entrance with two-by-fours.
When officers yelled "search warrant" and forced their way inside, Murray allegedly yelled, "Get 'em," before releasing two large pit bulls that charged at the officers.
One officer fired 11 rounds and another fired 9 and the two dogs were killed.
A third charging pit bull was shot and killed after Murray ran upstairs and another man, later identified as Larry Baker, 37, of the Springfield address, ordered the dog to attack police.
During a search of the residence, officers found a bag containing what police believed to be heroin and crack cocaine.
Murray was arrested at 12:17 a.m. Baker was also arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault

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