A Bakersfield Police Department officer shot two pit bulls dead when the dogs "aggressively charged" during a suspect pursuit, BPD said in a press release Friday.

BPD officers were responding to a burglary and auto theft investigation at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the 2900 block of Dracena Street when they discovered a stolen vehicle "chop-shop," the release said.

The pit bulls charged an officer as police chased a fleeing suspect, BPD said.

The officer fired two shots from his pistol and killed both pit bulls, the release said.

BPD said the officer was unharmed and per protocol there will be an administrative investigation into the shooting of the dogs.

A stolen vehicle, three stolen motorcycles, one stolen engine and multiple parts traced to stolen vehicles were recovered by the Kern County Auto Theft Task Force when it arrived on scene, the release said.

Edward Penn, 23, was arrested on multiple charges of possessing a stolen vehicle, operating a "chop-shop," conspiracy and resisting arrest, the release said.

BPD encourages anyone with information regarding this on-going case to call the department at 327-7111.

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