An Illinois dog was fatally shot by a police officer in front of a six-year-old girl.
According to reports, a family’s one-year-old dog, Apollo escaped from their yard, and as they returned him to the house, police arrived. Despite the fact that the shepherd-mix dog was reportedly already safely back at the home, the officer shot it anyway.
“We were in the lawn and the cop already had his gun out,” Nicole Echlin, the dog’s owner, told NBC Chicago. “I tried to call him in the house and he just stood there staring and I guess he showed his teeth and the cop just shot him, right in front of me and my 6-year-old daughter.”
Echlin says that her young daughter began screaming when the dog was shot in the head, and now, police in Hometown, Illinois are investigating the incident.
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"It would be too early for me to make any statement without reviewing all the facts," Chief Charles Forsyth said in a statement. "I can assure the people of Hometown that a full investigation of the incident will be conducted."
Witnesses maintain that the dog wasn’t aggressive and didn’t try to attack the officer.
“The dog wasn’t doing anything. I didn’t see it doing anything, it wasn’t barking,” witness Nicco Torres said. “Then I saw a cop shoot the dog, the dog fell to ground on the lawn. I saw through the window the dog was on the floor shot but the dog was still moving, it was moving its legs like it was trying to run but it was laying down.”