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Suspect lets pit bulls loose on cops, dogs shot and killed

Chicago police shot and killed two pit bulls after their owner ordered the animals to attack the officers, police said.

Police were investigating a report of gunshots in the 2500 block of North McVicker Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when they went to the home of 23-year-old Ivan Bernabe.

While inside talking with Bernabe’s parents, the officers saw him outside, so they walked outside and asked him to come over and speak with them on a porch, police said.

Instead, Bernabe opened a gate and let two pit bulls loose before saying, “Go get them — sic ‘em,” police said.

The officers shot the dogs before arresting Bernabe, who was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer and aggravated assault, police said. No one was bitten or injured during the incident.

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