Arkansas police officer fired after he shot a Chihuahua in a video
A police officer in Arkansas was videotaped shooting and wounding a small dog while on duty has been fired.
On Saturday, an Arkansas police officer was fired after his actions were deemed to be "short" of the standards of the department. The police officer had been caught on tape shooting and wounding a small dog while on duty.
Faulkner County Sheriff, Tim Ryals took to Facebook to explain that Deputy Keenan Wallace, a K9 handler, fired his service weapon on Friday. at an animal. As a result, he injured the small dog while in close proximity to a person.
"I believe there were numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident," Ryals said in his statement.
The shooting took place at Shiloh Estates subdivision in Conway, located about 30 miles north of Little Rock. Wallace was responding to a call of an aggressive dog.
A graphic video showed the events as they unfolded. It was posted to Twitter and showed Wallace ask the dog's owner, Doug Canady, to come to the road to speak with him.
When Canady refuses, the deputy begins walking to him and the dog begins barking. The camera then tilts toward the ground and a gunshot can be heard before the small dog begins shrieking and rolling in the grass.
Distraught, Canaday screams, "Are you f-----g kidding me? You’re f-----g kidding me.” to which Wallace calmly replies, “I told you.”
Canady revealed that the Chihuahua is named Reese. He said the dog would not hurt anyone before adding, "My heart broke when he shot her. What did that poor dog do?"
The dog was taken to a veterinarian and underwent surgery. It has been revealed that Reece suffered a shattered jaw.
Sheriff Tim Ryals said on Saturday that it does not appear that the deputy violated any state law or agency policy. However, he will refer the investigation to the prosecuting attorney's office for further review.
"I hold my Deputies to the highest of standards to protect and serve the residents of our community. Unfortunately, a deputy fell short to those standards," Ryals said.
Ryals added that law enforcement strives to be right "100 percent of the time" before saying, the department was saddened by the "disheartening event." "We will keep Reese's in our thoughts through the recovery process," concluded Ryals' statement.