Police Kill Dog In California: Pup Rottweiler 'Max' Killed As Owner Leon Rosby Gets Arrested For Filming Hawthorne Police [GRAPHIC VIDEO, NSFW]

By Staff Reporter on July 2, 2013 11:55 AM EDT

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Hawthorne, CA Police kill dog during arrest of its owner, 52-year-old Leon Rosby. (Photo: YouTube / gabriel martinez)

California police kills a dog during the arrest of its owner, 52-year-old Leon Rosby. The incident occurred when Rosby was walking Max, a 3-year-old Rottweiler, near his home in Hawthorne, California, at approximately 7 p.m. on Sunday.

According to reports, Leon Rosby noticed several police squad cars parked near his house and decided to stick around and film the scene from his camera phone "to make sure nobody's civil rights were being violated," Rosby told DailyBreeze.com.

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The Hawthorne police were responding to an armed robbery call at the time and the authorities were concerned that Leon Rosby, who was playing loud music from his car and walking up towards the site of the call, would cause excessive interference.

"It's distracting the officers. It's interfering with what they are able to hear," Hawthorne Police Lt Scott Swain said. "It's not just a party call. It's an armed robbery call. The officers need to hear what's going on with the people being called out of the residence. That music in his car is bleeding over and it's distracting them."

Officiers warned Rosby to turn down the music in his car. However, Rosby did not immediately cooperate.

According to a neighbor at the scene, Leon Rosby was heard saying: "It's my (expletive) radio!"

Two Hawthorne officers eventually approached Leon Rosby. Cooperating with the officers, Rosby returned his 3-year-old Rottweiler to the car and calmly walked towards the officers, surrendering to arrest.

However, the situation quickly escalated when the dog witnessed its master's arrest and began to bark aggressively from the car. Because the windows were rolled down, the 3-year-old Rottweiler managed to leap from the car and sprint towards its master. Officers desperately struggled to grab the dog's leash, but its erratic movements made it difficult for the officers to contain the dog.

"I said, 'No, Max!' " Rosby said. When the dog lunged towards a police officer, the officer steps away, pulls out his hand gun and fires multiple shots at the dog. The dog died on the street and the incident was caught on camera.

"He literally shot my puppy I had since he was 6 weeks old," Rosby said. "I was crying and hollering, 'My dog! My dog! Max! Max!'"

"I know it's the dog's master, and more than likely not going to attack him, (but) we've got a guy handcuffed that's kind of defenseless," said Lt. Swain, defending the actions taken by the officer. "We have a duty to defend him too."

Ultimately, Leon Rosby spent the night in jail on suspicion of obstruction and was released at 5 a.m. Monday. According to Rosby's attorney Michael Gulden, a lawsuit will be filed against the Hawthorne Police Department.

Finally, the graphic Hawthorne Police encounter with Leon Rosby and his 3-year-old Rottweiler Max is in the video below. Viewer's discretion is advised.

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