Orange police responded Saturday morning to a call regarding two loose pit bulls in the area of the 2900 block of 23rd St. Upon arrival police spoke with the complainant who said his neighbor’s pit bulls tried to attack him while he was walking through his front yard toward the road.

The man told police the dogs began running toward him, barking and growling. The man said he was in fear for his life, so he ran back into his house. He also said the dogs have been getting out of the neighbor’s fenced in yard.

The complainant also told police that this was not the first time the dogs have tried to attack him. He said he has been in fear for his safety, and the safety of others in the area.

At this time, police went to make contact with the owner of the dogs, and as he walked into the front yard, he observed a brown pit bull, and a brown and white pit bull lying on the front porch. As the officer approached the house, both dogs stood up in an aggressive stance, and both began to bark and growl.

The officer said he began to back away from the dogs in an attempt to create distance and to retreat from the dogs if they attacked. The dogs then charged the officer and were growling.

While the dogs were running toward the officer, he began to yell at the dogs in an attempt to stop them from running toward him.. During that time, the officer said he was in fear for his safety, and that he pulled his service weapon.

The dogs continued to run toward the officer, and when the brown pit bull was within approximately six to ten feet from him, he lunged into the air with its mouth open, as if it was going to bite him.

The officer fired his weapon striking the dog , and the dog immediately fell to the ground. The other dog stopped running toward the officer and ran away.

Another officer arrived on the scene to assist with statements from the complainant and the owner of the dogs.