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Riverside to pay family $30,000 for police shooting of their pit bull


RIVERSIDE, California — A Riverside couple who sued police for shooting their pit bull named Brad Pitt will be paid $30,000 as part of a settlement with the city.

Lindsey Gonzalez-Rivera and Luis Rivera filed the suit last year, contending that the killing was unwarranted. The couple had originally sought $350,000.

Police were deployed to the couple's neighborhood in August 2012 to serve an arrest warrant on a murder suspect who lived two doors away.

Police say one officer who was stationed at the Riveras' backyard shot Brad Pitt after the dog surprised, cornered and attacked him.

However, the Riveras claim the officer shot the pit bull through a gate and that it wasn't a danger.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says ( ) the settlement was announced Thursday.

The family has since adopted another pit bull, Pugsley, from a shelter.

Information from: The Press-Enterprise,

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