Man found dead in field identified, pit bull shot after attacking sheriff

PERRIS – A Perris man who was last seen walking the family pit bull one morning and was later found dead in an open field had been publicly identified by coroners.

Jose Apreza, 53, was the man who sheriff’s deputies found Dec. 29 in the field about 240 yards southwest of Orange Avenue and Evans Road in Perris, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office.

Apreza had been reported missing when he failed to return home several hours after walking the pit bull. A sheriff’s deputy who discovered Apreza’s body was reportedly attacked by the animal that the deputy shot and killed in self-defense, sheriff’s officials had reported.

No new details were immediately available today about how Apreza died, but the coroner’s office reported the sheriff’s office was investigating the case.

19 Responses to "Man found dead in field identified, pit bull shot after attacking sheriff"

  1. Debbie Bell   January 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Perhaps this man died of natural causes, but if he was killed by his pit bull, his name joins a list of over 30 pit family members killed by their house dog pits in the last decade. This list doesn’t include kids under 18, doesn’t include neighbors, visitors, passersby. This list doesn’t include other passing/neighbor pets. That list is ENDLESS…

    Pits LOVE to play, unfortunately, thanks to centuries of selective breeding, they play forcefully, sometimes biting and not letting go. Beagles love to sniff and bark and chase rabbits. Both dogs are simply acting on their inborn abilities and instincts. Pit instincts can be deadly instincts to humans and other dogs.

    Get pit bull aware. Check out YouTube "CCTV pitbull kills its owner." This shows a man and his pit bull going for a walk. Seems like the man drops something, perhaps objects fell when he removed something from his pocket. The man thought it was acceptable for him to retrieve the objects, however, the pit bull thinks it is acceptable for the dog to begin mauling the man. This pit bull is NOT mean, angry or abused, He is simply being a "good" pit bull, tugging away. A "good" fighting pit bull chooses one opponent, and continues attacking that opponent. Check out "2 pitbulls attack smaller dog", Good pits are happy when tugging, crushing, shaking the opponent.
    Other dogs might really want to "rip your head off" but lack the abilities and instincts to do so. Pits have proven over and over that they are the best at doing so.
    Many pits are not "good" pit bulls, but if your pit is, she will NOT give warning before attacking. This trait helps pits to win dog fights, but it makes it impossible to temperament test pits.
    Pits are victims too of these mutant murderous traits. This pit bull is dead. Ban the breeding and sale of pits, pit mixes, all dog aggressive dogs. Stop making more victims now!

  2. Debbie Bell   January 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    It might be acceptable if pits only maimed/killed their consenting adult owners, but all too often the pit victims are visitors, neighbors, passersby (pets/people).

  3. Debbie Bell   January 13, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    This list begins in 2002. These folks all were killed by their/their family

  4. mom23terriers   January 14, 2013 at 12:38 am

    That makes for EIGHT PitBull owners killed by their own ‘family dog PitBulls’ in 2012… 8 of the 21 adults killed by PBs were killed by their own dogs… karma????

  5. Hone Tawaroa   January 14, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Must have been like a werewolf movie come to life or something from the walking dead for the sheriff’s deputies.
    At least the attack was on the owner and not a kid or some other person.
    These land shark owners need to learn about them the hard way.

  6. Bobbi   January 14, 2013 at 3:50 am

    I see sweet dogs I would like to adopt and then find out they are pit bulls. That scares me and I am not sure that is fair to the dog. They can be very strong and muscular enough to overwhelm a person, but I had at least 2 as a child that were loving companions in a lonely environment. Saying "all" or "none" just doesn’t work.

  7. Hone Tawaroa   January 14, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Debbie Bell I 100% agree with every thing you said.

  8. Gordon Bennett   January 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    or perhaps the dog was simply being a good loyal dog, protecting his/her master from what he perceived as an attack, when he was shot by the deputy?

  9. A P   January 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Who said the dog killed him …you guys are stupid

  10. AP   January 14, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Were does it say that the dog killed him??? You guys are so fast to blame the dog … thats just
    Being ignorant ..

  11. Jaloney   January 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Politicans have to stop listening to all of the calls, letters, emails and visits from the well organized pitbull lobby as they do not represent LOCALS that vote them in and out. A good example of this is the recent vote in Miami Dade where residents stomped the pitbull lobby that came to town by an over two to one margin to keep their ban, but the politicans thought the majority was with the pitbulls. Why? Because they post all contact information for any area that is considering regulations and they have anyone, including teenagers, and people living in any nation of the world responding to the local leaders. The pitbull lobby supported by wealthy dog fighters will pay to bring in celebs to peddle the dogs in a town considering regulations, too. This means the locals need to ask leaders to verify the residency of anyone emailing, calling or requesting to talk at meetings. And local folks need to get organized to show the leaders that they want regulations. In addtion, pitbull advocates often try to be scary and threaten violence. Report any threats but do not worry about them as they are empty threats that many towns that have successfully banned pitbulls have endured. Allowing the sacrifice of random life and limbs to the pitbull God is just plan crazy. Get involved before you or a loved one is harmed. has a lot of resources and information on how to pass regulations.

  12. pitbull owner   January 15, 2013 at 3:18 am

    He was killed that’s what the cops said this news report is not up to date I live a block away from where it happen it was not the pitbull

  13. Connie   January 15, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I don’t see where the dog killed his owner. I can tell you my dogs might be protective over my body if a stranger approached me.

  14. AP   January 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Were does it say that the dog killed his owner ? You people are so funny to blame the dog ..
    If that pitt attacked the cop it was probably because he didn’t want no one getting close to his ownwer.. did you guys think about that ..

  15. Gordon Bennett   January 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Personally I think it’s equally probable that the dog, already distressed that his (her?) owner had keeled over and dropped down dead, was simply protecting the body from what he perceived to be a threat when the deputy approached. Seems to me the deputy had no clue about assessing the situation and either panicked or was simply trigger-happy. How very sad.

  16. Dog lover   January 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Pitbulls are a very misunderstood breed of dog. Any dog could be vicious and it is not their fault, it usually is their owner who trained them to be that way (and they always want to please their master) or they are scared. I know a lot about put bulls and they are very loving animals. They scored higher then a golden retriever in social skills, but since they have such powerful jaws that go all the way up to the top of their heads people take advantage of them.

  17. Thomas McCartney   January 18, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Pitbulls are responsible for over 65% of all fatal dog attacks and, of all hospitalizations requiring more than 8 days from dog attack, 100% are from pitbull attack…100% – Annals of Surgery, 2011, and CDC, Atlanta, GA.

    Just this week in Pennsylvania, there was a judgment awarding a pitbull attack victim and his mother who was injured trying to save her son over $500,000.00. These high dollar awards are occurring more often now that the truth of pitbull genetic tendencies and the refusal of pitbull owners to acknowledge those traits and restrain their pitbulls from attacking people and animals.

    If you own a pitbull, are you really willing to be fined over half a million dollars because your pitbull did what it was bred to do? Or, if you just "love the breed" so much, wouldn’t it be smarter to keep it double fenced, muzzled and short leashed off property, carry liability insurance in the event it does attack, and spay/neuter it to stop the hormone-surge that happens with unaltered dogs of either sex in mating heat? And, in the split second before the pitbull’s teeth grip onto a victim, the pitbull owner who socialized it, took it to obedience school, loved it, slept with it, and defended its breed, suddenly is "the bad pitbull owner" that all blame will be thrust upon by every pitbull owner everywhere and this status change happens every time a pitbull attacks to the stunned owner that never thought their nanny dog was capable of such horror.

    The reason pitbulls are banned in Ontario is because smart people didn’t put their hands over their eyes and wish pitbull attacks don’t happen; they actually looked at the statistics, the injuries, the medical expenses, the fatalities, and the lack of justification for endangering the public with these dogs and made a prudent decision to protect the public and gentle animals from living in fear of attack or suffering through the post-trauma effects of pitbull attack. The money pitbull advocates will spend to listen to a man who pushes false security on owners of a killer breed could be used instead to educate pitbull owners on ways to keep their pitbulls from having access to attack (fencing, muzzling, etc). If you don’t want to muzzle your dog, then get a non-fighting breed dog and you won’t have to.

    Lastly, to the ever present Pomeranian and chihuahua mauling quoters, if you have news links and victim pictures and proof to substantiate regulating these dogs, then I’ll support your cause too. But, I am the victim of pitbull attack and I am part of a large, growing group of pitbull attack victims who are done with taking it lying down. Barbara Kay echoes the sentiment that everyone who knows the gruesomeness and grief feels. Sometimes the grief is from loss of life of a person or a loved pet and sometimes the grief is for the loss of the beauty of a face or arms or legs.

  18. M&M   January 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    So much speculation . . . when no one has any facts about this specific situation. I, for one, want to see the full police report. But since we are speculating, I doubt the pitbull "attacked" the officer at all. Too many cops are overzealous and all too happy to have an opportunity to shoot something.

    Did you hear about the Chester, PA cops that shot and killed two dogs fighting in the back of a pickup truck? Unbelievable.
    Watch the youtube video.

    Pitbulls are the "Bad Dog" of the day. Shepherds, Dobbies, Rotties, Chows, etc., have all had their turn. Since the ’90’s, though, too many people are using and abusing America’s sweetheart dog, the American Pit Bull Terrier, (RCA records, Little Rascals). Do us all a favor and educate yourselves. Watch the documentary, "Beyond the Myth." Pitties are not the Bad Dogs they are made out to be.

  19. SOUR D!!!!   March 16, 2013 at 11:58 am



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