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Officer’s shooting of dog under review

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcdfw.com/video.

A dashboard camera caught only a slice of the action, but police in Fort Worth say the video shows an officer was justified in shooting a family’s pit bull mix on Easter Sunday.

The family, meanwhile — one cousin was hit by shrapnel — is outraged.

Channel 5 in Dallas reports that the incident began as a traffic stop.The officer stopped a pickup truck with unrestrained children in the back.

The driver pulled into a relative’s driveway, where the dog greeted him, then began barking and advancing toward the officer.

Just off camera the officer fires two or three shots, injuring the dog. Police say the video shows the officer clearly feared his life was in danger. The family says the officer should never have even pulled out his gun, pointing out that several children were within feet of him when he fired.

The dog, named Papi, is recuperating at a vet clinic.

Police say that, while it appears the officer was defending himself from the dog, they are continuing their investigation.

Comments

Comment from Anne’n'Spencer
Time April 9, 2010 at 7:42 am

Hmm. This seems to bear a strange relationship to the incident last year where the police raided and entered the wrong Maryland house and shot the family’s two Labs. In both cases, the dogs were behaving defensively (as opposed to behaving aggressively), and in both cases human beings were also endangered. Seems as though they need to spend a little more time on tactics at gun school.

Comment from baltimoregal
Time April 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Teaching policemen about the difference between defensive and offensive behavior in animals would be a start.

Comment from Hope
Time April 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm

This kinda seems like racial profiling an animal. Would he have done the same thing if it was a little rat terrier? Or is it just because of the reputation some pit bulls have that this poor dog was shot?

Comment from Anonymous
Time April 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm

The dog is barking but advancing slowly. The officer would have been better to have retreated from the yard and allowing the owners to recall the dog.
There should be a huge difference between fear of getting bit and in fear for your life. Very few people die from a dog bite!
I live in a rural area and walking my neighborhood I get approached by dogs all the time. They are just warning me away from their home, and usually bark and approach to a point then stop and return to their yard when I do not challenge them.
Learn how to deal with a dog… if those had been my kids in that yard when he fired.. I might have done a bit more damage then the dog.

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