One pit bull was shot and a second was captured after they charged toward Broward Sheriff's Deputies searching for a suspect.
Just before 10 a.m., a sheriff's deputy pulled over a car near the 300 block of Northwest 19th Avenue. The driver of the car fled and deputies set up a perimeter looking for the man. Deputies thought the man had tried to run into a vacant house on the block, said sheriff's office spokesman Mike Jachles.
When deputies pushed open the door to the house, two pit bulls stormed at the deputy. One dog was shot and the second was injured and taken away by Pompano Beach Animal Control officials, the sheriff's office said.
Deputies did not find the suspect. The two dogs appeared to be strays.
Neighbors described the vacant home as abandoned and a well-known setting for drug deals. There was trash on the front yard of the small, one-story house with peeling white paint.
"It's sad when you can't feel safe in your own home," said Annette Small, 52, who heard about the shooting just down the street as she was coming home from church.
Small said she has lived in the neighborhood for five years, and the area has become dangerous.
"That house is drug infested," Small said. "There is always police activity over there."
This is the second police-involved shooting in Pompano Beach in the past two days. Just after midnight Saturday, authorities said, a raid on a drug house left a 52-year-old woman dead. That house was about five miles away from Sunday's shooting.
Authorities said the shootings were not related.