A SWAT team in Racine, Wis., shot and killed a dog following an hours-long standoff with the owner last Saturday.
A video (below) filmed by an unidentified neighbor shows the small dog walking away from police and back to the owner's home when the cops open fire on the animal.
The SWAT team reportedly then stormed the dog owner's house and arrested him.
The bizarre turn of events began when neighbor Kim Polk told the unidentified dog owner not to allow his pooch to defecate on her yard.
“His dog proceeded to soil my grass and I asked him you are going to pick that up because I don’t want that sitting on my grass,” Polk told Fox 6 Now.
According to Polk, the dog owner kicked the dog defecation into a pile of leaves and told her, “I’m going to shoot [your dog] with a bow and arrow."
Polk's husband went to talk to the dog owner at his house about the incident.
“[The dog owner] closed the door and came back to the door with a machete in his hand, a very long machete so at that time my husband backed up off the property and I had my daughter call the police,” stated Polk.
For the next several hours, the man remained in his house while a SWAT team outside negotiated with him.
“When he finally decided to come out of the house he was irate upset and was telling the cops to get off his property that he was going to harm them, he was going to shoot at the cops,” claimed Polk.
The dog owner released his dog, who barked at the police, and began to return to the house when the SWAT team killed the canine.
According to RancineCountyEye.com, Racine Police Chief Art Howell released a statement on Sunday that read in part:
During this standoff, the dog owner threatened to use a body armor piercing crossbow to kill officers, and this subject threatened to use his dog as a weapon against officers as well. After several hours of dialogue with crisis negotiators, the barricaded subject ultimately made good on his threat to introduce the dog into the active standoff.
After the dog was released, the dynamics of this encounter changed. Officers, who for over three hours were focused on peacefully resolving this crisis through dialogue, were now forced to deal with the distraction and unpredictability of having the subject’s dog moving through the scene of this active encounter at a critical time.
After viewing the video, Chief Howell said there would be an internal investigation.