SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Chico man who shot a Sacramento police dog Friday and was then killed by an officer would likely still be alive if he was not released from the Butte County Jail because of overcrowding.
Sacramento police identified the man as Lucus Webb, 33, according to the Sacramento Bee. The Sacramento Police Department did not return calls for information by deadline Monday.
Webb was facing nine years in prison for the charge of carrying a dirk or dagger along with prior prison sentences and a strike, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Monday.
The Butte County Jail released him twice because of overcrowding and Webb failed to appear in court twice. A warrant was out for Webb's arrest when he was killed.
"When you have overcrowded jails, they are making the best choices," Ramsey said of jail staff. "Do we release a rapist, a murderer, a serial burglar or release this guy who had a knife down his pants?"
About 9:50 a.m. Friday, Sacramento police tried to stop a car stolen from Chico near Broadway and 24th Street in the capital city, but the driver led them on a chase, police reported. The car almost hit a group of children.
Officers soon found a man and woman on foot near Riverside Boulevard and Robertson Way.
Police arrested the woman, Leslie McCulley, 28, also of Chico, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The man ran into a backyard and fired multiple rounds at an officer, hitting police dog Bodie in the face and paw, police reported. The officer returned fire, killing the man.
Bodie was rushed to an animal hospital and is now recovering, police reported. He is a 4-year-old German Shepherd and has been with the Sacramento Police Department for a year.
Chico police records indicate Webb stole a burgundy 2000 Toyota Camry from a residence
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