Authorities arrested a 30-year-old New Bedford man on murder charges yesterday, fatally shooting his pit bull, which attacked officers during the arrest.
Fagbemi Miranda, who New Bedford police say is affiliated with a local gang, resisted arrest outside his home on Purchase Street about 4:30 p.m. The arrest was made three days after a Bristol County grand jury indicted Miranda on charges related to what prosecutors described as a joint venture with his younger brother to kill Christopher Barros, 25, on Oct. 10, 2005.
"We went to grab him, and a struggle ensued," said Lieutenant Jeffrey Silva, a New Bedford police spokesman. "The pit bull jumped on top of the officers, and they ended up shooting the dog and killed it."
The dog attack prompted one other officer and a trooper, both of whom were working nearby, to respond as back up. Silva said he did not know if the dog was trained to attack police officers or if it acted out of instinct to protect its owner.
Miranda is to be arraigned this morning in Superior Court in New Bedford on charges of murder, unlawful carrying of a firearm without a license, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
His brother, Wayne, 28, was arrested shortly after the fatal shooting and is being held without bail while he awaits trial.
Police found the victim with a gunshot wound in the backyard of a house in the neighborhood where Fagbemi Miranda lives.