This is the image of a family’s pet dog. A TV news crew filmed the dog calmly playing with the children of the family who almost witnessed their dog being killed. Instead, it was the California deputy who shot himself when he pulled out his gun in an attempt to shoot the dog.
According to RawStory.com,
The deputy was serving an eviction notice at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday when a “large” dog tried to attack him, KCAL reported.
“A dog came at the deputy in an aggressive manner,” Deputy Armando Munoz said, according to The Press-Enterprise. “The deputy, (attempting to defend himself) pulled his service weapon, shot one round, and injured himself in the leg.”
“He’s OK. He has non life-threatening injuries.”
Munoz said that the dog’s aggressive behavior ended when it was startled by the gunfire.
When KNBC film crews arrived on the scene later on Wednesday, they found a medium-sized pit bull — named “Precious” — confined to a pen, and calmly playing with several children. The dog’s owner admitted that it had been barking when the officer arrived.
Animal Services did not take the dog into custody because there was no evidence it or the owner had done anything wrong.
Sounds like a case of overreaction on the deputy’s part, but the embarrassment of the situation should help him think next time before pulling his gun on a barking dog. Of course dog owner’s are always going to defend their pets, but seeing the dog so calm in the video even with cameras and news people all around makes me wonder what really happened.
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