An off-duty FBI agent shot and killed a pitbull after the animal attacked his dog outside of a gated community in Newhall, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The shooting occurred around 5:38 p.m. outside the Valle Di Oro community near Sierra Highway and Piazza Di Sarro Street.
The agent was walking his dog, which neighbors told KTLA was a shepherd mix, near a woman walking her pitbull, authorities said.
As the two crossed paths the pitbull attacked the dog and two animals could not be separated leading the agent to shoot the pitbull, according to the Sheriff's Department.
The pitbull was not on a leash at the time of the attack, the Sheriff's Department said.
One neighbor told KTLA that dogs can be unpredictable and he would also do anything to protect his dog.
"Dogs can turn on someone, or even another animal" said Mayor Cabrera, a resident in the community. "I know that I would probably do something to save my dog if it was attacked by another dog."
At least three FBI agents were on the scene shortly after the shooting and sheriff’s deputies were seen dragging a pit bull from the backseat of a car around 7:30 p.m., according to the Santa Clarita Valley Signal.
The woman was not a resident of the community and the agent was visibly shaken by the incident, according to neighbors.
"He's a very nice guy, a family man, law abiding citizen," said Alex Akopian, a neighbor. "I vouch for him and pray. I don't know what the situation was that went to that extreme situation."
The FBI will conduct a shooting investigation as part of protocol, authorities said.