Officer’s shooting of dog under review
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.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 9th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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