Police in Crowley, Louisiana have launched an internal investigation after an officer shot a homeowner’s dog while responding to a reported burglary on that property.
The incident occurred late Thursday night after the homeowner thought she heard glass breaking in another room and decided to call the police. She reported a possible burglary and said she was locking herself in her bedroom until authorities arrived. While on the phone with the dispatcher, the woman informed them that her dog was outside in the yard but that it was friendly and wouldn’t be aggressive.
The woman was still on the phone with the dispatcher when, all of a sudden, she heard a gunshot. The emergency dispatcher told her that it was safe to go outside to meet the officers, and it was then she saw that her beloved three-year-old chocolate lab Max had been shot behind its ear.
The officer who shot Max claims that the dog was barking and being aggressive towards him, but a neighbor who witnessed the incident says that’s not what happened at all. According to the neighbor’s account, the dog did bark, but it didn’t try to move towards the officer at all. Max was shot behind its left ear with the bullet going through its neck. Fortunately, Max is expected to make a full recovery.
Now, Crowley Police Department is starting a full investigation into the incident, as is required by policy if an officer fires their weapon. Police do say that there was no sign of any burglary or forced entry at the residence.
The Facebook page “Dogs Shot By Cops” recently posted about the story, and many users expressed outrage over what the officer did.
“If the dog was shot behind the ear how could he have been lunging at the officer,” questioned one user. “Lets see if the police investigator can make the correlation that for the bullet to enter behind the ear the cop would have had been behind the dog. I guess the traits of honesty and integrity are not prevalent within the law enforcement community.”
Police have not yet released any updates on the progress of their investigation, and it’s not clear if the homeowner will press charges.
A York, S.C. woman is grieving the loss of her beloved dog after a York County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed the leashed nine-year-old Labrador retriever because, he claimed, it charged at him.
Alice Renee McGlone says she’s outraged that the officer killed her dog, but the sheriff’s office is defending the deputy’s actions, saying he was left with no other choice.
“He hated to have done what he did but we teach our officers that they need to protect themselves in all situations,” said Captain Allen Brandon. “It’s regrettable what happened.”
The incident occurred earlier this week when McGlone’s daughter, who lives in Virginia, called police because she hadn’t heard from her mother since the end of February. McGlone later explained that she was sick and her phone had died when her daughter attempted to call.
When officers arrived at McGlone’s home, they saw that nobody was there, but they did notice that there was a broken window screen on a side window. Deputy Jonathan Reed decided to knock on a back window because there was no answer at the front door, and when he made his way to the back of the house, McGlone’s dog Scarlett, who was in the backyard, charged at him.
Reed claims that the dog was “snarling” at him and that in the moment, even though it was on a leash, he knew he couldn’t outrun it, so he had no choice but to fire his weapon. Reed has been with the York County Sheriff’s Department for five years and, according to reports, has had no prior incidents like this.
McGlone says she regrets not taking Scarlett inside before leaving the house.
“Something told me to just bring Scarlett in and I didn’t,” said McGlone. “And I beat myself up for that.”
As of right now, it doesn’t appear that McGlone is filing charges against the deputy, and the department continues to defend his choice.
A home intruder in Detroit was warned by a woman that she was armed. He did not listen to her and that mistake led to his death.
Through a rear window, a man in his 20s attempted to break in to the woman’s home.
The woman grabbed her handgun and warned him that she was armed, but he continued to try and gain entrance to her home.
The woman then shot him in the chest.
Detroit Police 3rd Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson said the woman “told him to stop, but he didn’t listen,” reports The Blaze.
The man fled the scene on foot and was found down the block. He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.
The woman has been questioned by police and is not expected to face charges.
This is one in a series of home invasions in Detroit that have happened where homeowners killed the people breaking into their homes, reports WXYZ Detroit.
Police have said these results “will make thieves think twice before barging into a home.”
An 11-year-old girl is making headlines this morning after shooting a vicious cougar that was following her 13-year-old brother home.
Yes, this girl is a badass.
Shelby White, an experienced hunter in her own right, was handed a gun by her father when he noticed the cougar following her brother home. This is actually the fourth cougar that has been shot on the White family’s property, so in the moment, this young girl knew exactly what to do.
According to her dad, the Washington State girl “wasn’t scared a bit” and had enough training to know how to handle the gun and shoot the target. So when her father handed her the gun and instructed her to shoot the cougar, she didn’t even hesitate.
Interestingly enough, Shelby is the only one in her family with a license to shoot a cougar, although it’s been reported that just a week prior, her 9-year-old brother shot and killed one himself.
Three different shootings happened in Detroit this week, and each one of them involved a homeowner shooting intruders as they tried to break into their homes. Two different suspects died from being shot.
On Saturday, two men broke into a home armed with a tire iron and attempted to knock the homeowner out. The homeowner quickly reacted and shot at the intruders, leaving one of them, a 21-year-old male, dead while the other got away.
Another incident happened around the same time when a woman pulled her car into her garage and was surprised to see a man with a gun standing there in front of her. She quickly sprung into action, pulled out her gun, and fatally shot the intruder.
The most talked about of the three cases, however, was caught on surveillance cameras. A woman was in her home with her children when she heard the front door being kicked in. She immediately warned the three teens attempting to break in that she had a gun and opened fire on them. One of the teens dropped a handgun as they all fled.
"I let them know I had a gun once they were in the house,” said the mom. “They said no you don't so I shot off the first round. I wasn't feeling anything at the moment, I got scared afterwards."
The three teens in this last case were all arrested shortly after the incident. Deputy Chief for Detroit Police Rodney Johnson said that all three situations came down to homeowners being pushed over the edge.
“I think it’s just a matter of the individual homeowners protecting themselves and finally catching up with the criminals in that enough is enough and they aren’t going to take it anymore,” said Johnson.
Check out video of the mother’s brave fight against the teenage intruders below.
A beloved therapy dog is fighting for his life after randomly being shot in his owner’s backyard overnight.
Barney Fife, a four-year-old English bulldog, visits hospice patients in York, Pa. Barney’s owner, Bill Buckingham, says he let the dog out in the yard briefly around 3:30 a.m. on Monday.
“I heard a ‘thunk’ and a yelp (but) I’m not thinking anybody’s going to shoot my dog,” said Buckingham. After bringing Barney inside, Buckingham says he held him on his lap and began to pet him, and when he looked down, he noticed his hand was covered in the dog’s blood.
“I knew it was a gunshot wound right away,” said Buckingham, a former police officer. “It was just hard to believe what I was looking at, because it’s not supposed to happen here.”
After bringing Barney to the vet, he was told that the bullet would have to remain inside of him because surgery was too invasive. He was given antibiotics, but days later, Barney was back at the vet because his condition had gotten worse.
Police are now actively searching for a suspect and are asking for the public’s help. Barney is, at least for the time being, no longer providing services for hospice patients.
Yet another report has surfaced of police shooting a non-aggressive dog. The latest incident occurred in Johnson County, Ky.
At 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning, Becky Pelfrey awoke to a knock at her door. It was the police. They were there to serve a warrant for someone who no longer lived at the house.
Like most dogs would, Pelfrey’s Great Dane, Boss, walked over to see what was happening. Boss strolled out the door, past two officers, and walked down the porch steps. Pelfrey couldn’t believe what she heard next.
“It was pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” she said. “Just five shots right in a row … I looked out and Boss was lying in the road. And I said, ‘Did you shoot my dog?’ and [the trooper] said, ‘Yes, ma’am, I did, he was charging at me.’”
Luckily, Boss survived the shooting. He was back at home Wednesday after being treated at the vet for four gunshot wounds.
Though Boss survived, Pelfrey is left wondering why the police felt the need to immediately resort to using a firearm when dealing with her dog.
“They could have tazed him,” she said. “They could have pepper-sprayed him, I know they carry batons. They could have taken other precautions instead of drawing [their weapons] and firing.”
Kentucky news station WKYT reached out to Kentucky State Police for comment yesterday. They declined to comment.
Ozymandias Media is currently raising money to make a documentary about police on dog violence in America. They estimate one dog is shot every 98 minutes by a police officer.
A Chinese police officer was sentenced to death on Monday for murdering a pregnant woman and injuring her husband. In addition to the deaths sentence, Hu Ping was ordered to pay $12,000 to the victim’s family.
According to reports, the woman, Wu Ying, was working at the rice noodle shop she owned with her husband Cai Shiyong when Ping entered demanding milk tea.
Wu told Hu Ping that the store didn’t serve milk tea, which enraged the police officer, so he pulled out his gun and opened fire. Wu and her unborn baby were killed while her husband Cai was wounded from the gunfire.
Hu claimed that he was drunk when the incident occurred, but a hospital evaluation proved that he was in fact sober.
Hu, who was called a “bastard” by Chinese President Xi Jinping, has now been sentenced to death for the brutal and senseless murder. The case sparked outrage all over, with Chinese Internet users sharing a poster that said, “Death would not be a sufficient punishment for his crime."
A Florida judge has denied bond for the 71-year-old man that shot and killed a fellow patron at a movie theater over an argument regarding a cell phone.
Curtis Reeves, a retired police captain, was denied bond by the judge who made clear that “this is not a verdict.”
The argument between Reeves and Chad Oulson happened in a Florida movie theater before a screening of Lone Survivor. Reeves reportedly became annoyed that Oulson, who was sitting in front of him, was texting on his cell phone as the movie was about to start. Reeves and Oulson exchanged harsh words with each other, and after a brief argument, Reeves reportedly got up to tell a manager about Oulson.
Surveillance video shows the situation unfolding as Reeves gets back from reporting to the manager. According to Reeves’ testimony, Oulson, who was with his wife, threw his cell phone at the retired police captain out of anger.
"If it was any of your fucking business, I was texting my daughter," Oulson allegedly yelled at Reeves. "Stay the hell out of my face."
As surveillance video shows, Reeves then pulled out a gun, pointed it at Oulson, and fatally shot him.
Now, the elderly man has been denied bond by the judge, and while he says he regrets what happened, he knows that he has to accept it.
“If I had to do it over again, it never would’ve happened,” said Reeves to police after being arrested. “We would’ve moved, but you don’t get do-overs. I was defending myself. It doesn’t make it any easier for me to accept it, but that’s what I was doing.”
According to reports, Reeves didn’t show much emotion while the surveillance video was played, but Oulson’s widow Nicole expressed relief that the judge decided to deny Reeves bail.
"I'm just very happy and relieved by the judge's ruling,” said Nicole Oulson. “I have no doubt in my mind this is the right decision.”
The trial continues to determine whether or not Reeves was indeed acting out of self-defense when he shot and killed Chad Oulson.
A Chicago man fatally shot a burglar who was attempting to rob his apartment, and because that man’s Firearm Owner Identification Card (FOID) had expired, he has been charged with misdemeanor possession.
The 44-year-old man was reportedly sleeping when his 18-year-old daughter woke him up because she was frightened by some noises she heard. The man, who was using crutches at the time, got up to check outside but didn’t see anything. He went to the back of the apartment to get his gun, and when he turned around, he saw two burglars charging towards him.
The man fired his gun at the burglars, and they both turned around to head toward the door. One of the shots hit 31-year-old Mario Viramontes, and he collapsed to the ground as his cohort fled the scene.
Police were called to the apartment for the burglary but only discovered the suspect when they arrived. Not long after police got to the scene, Viramontes was pronounced dead.
The 44-year-old man has not been charged for the shooting death of the burglar.