A police officer opened fire Wednesday when three dogs that were attacking a woman in Covina turned and charged after him when he tried to distract them.
Authorities were sent to the 1400 block of East Covina Hills Road (map) at about 8:51 a.m. when someone called to report a woman being attacked by several dogs, the Covina Police Department stated in a news release.
One of the responding officers saw the 63-year-old woman being bitten by three large dogs in the front yard of a home and attempted to distract the dogs by approaching them.
The dogs then charged toward the officer who pulled out his gun and opened fire, the Police Department stated.
None of the dogs were struck by the gunfire, but they did turn and run away from the officer and the victim into a neighboring yard, according to the news release.
The victim, who was bitten multiple times and had scratches to her legs, arms and hands, was taken to a local hospital where she was in stable condition.
The officer was uninjured in the incident.
The three dogs were located and contained until Los Angeles County Humane Society workers arrived.