Quantcast
Connect with us

Texas police officer accused of luring pit bull with ‘kissing noises’ before shooting it

Published

on

A Texas couple is accusing a Cleburne police officer of luring one of their pit bulls that had escaped their yard with ‘kissing noises’ before shooting the dog three times, killing it.

The officer’s account of the shooting, which occurred several months ago, is being questioned following the release of video from the officer’s body cam, according to Fox-4 DFW.

ADVERTISEMENT

According to authorities, officers were dispatched to the neighborhood after receiving a 911 call stating that several pit bulls were running loose, trapping an elderly woman and an infant in a car. When officers arrived they found three pit bulls running loose. One of the dogs came up to an officer, jumping up and placing its paws on the officer’s chest before being told to get down.

Two other pit bulls were found in a nearby ditch.

In the video provided by the police, the officer can seen holding his service revolver in front of himself while make noises attempting to draw the dog’s attention. Seconds later the officer fires three shots in quick succession.

In his report the officer wrote, ““I raised my duty weapon to the ready position – pointed at the growling dog’s head. As soon as I lifted my pistol, the dog began coming up the hill, continuing to growl and display its teeth…I fired three shots at it.”

ADVERTISEMENT

The dog, identified by owners Quinton Tatum and his wife Amanda Henderson as Maximus, died at the scene. The other dog, Coco, ran off but was later retrieved without a leash by an Animal Control officer.

Demonstrating the ‘kissing noises,’ Tatum explained that he also used it to call his dogs.

“That dogs knows what that is. He’s friendly, I’m going to come to him. That’s how I talk to my dogs,” Tatum said. “And you use that to take his life? Words can’t even explain that.”

ADVERTISEMENT

After viewing the video, Henderson added, “They don’t match up. Cause whenever we see the video, it’s heartbreaking. What I see is him kissing him over to kill him.”

The couple admitted that the dogs escaped their yard while they were not at home.

In a statement the police state the video is edited, but that it doesn’t show all of the details.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The City is obviously concerned about the video showing an officer shooting a dog. As is often the case, the short video does not tell the whole story,” the statement said.”The officer was responding to a 911 call for assistance. Three dogs had pinned some residents in a vehicle. One dog was secured without incident before the shooting. The officer was attempting to secure the other dogs until animal control arrived when one dog became aggressive.”

The incident is still be reviewed by police investigators.

Watch the video below from Fox 4 DFW:

ADVERTISEMENT

Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism — and we’re investing in investigative reporting as other publications give it the ax. Raw Story readers power David Cay Johnston’s DCReport, which we've expanded to keep watch in Washington. We’ve exposed billionaire tax evasion and uncovered White House efforts to poison our water. We’ve revealed financial scams that prey on veterans, and legal efforts to harm workers exploited by abusive bosses. We’ve launched a weekly podcast, “We’ve Got Issues,” focused on issues, not tweets. And unlike other news outlets, we’ve decided to make our original content free. But we need your support to do what we do.

Raw Story is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. We’re not part of a conglomerate, or a project of venture capital bros. From unflinching coverage of racism, to revealing efforts to erode our rights, Raw Story will continue to expose hypocrisy and harm. Unhinged from billionaires and corporate overlords, we fight to ensure no one is forgotten.

We need your support to keep producing quality journalism and deepen our investigative reporting. Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Invest with us in the future. Make a one-time contribution to Raw Story Investigates, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click to donate by check.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism — and we’re investing in investigative reporting as other publications give it the ax. Raw Story readers power David Cay Johnston’s DCReport, which we've expanded to keep watch in Washington. We’ve exposed billionaire tax evasion and uncovered White House efforts to poison our water. We’ve revealed financial scams that prey on veterans, and efforts to harm workers exploited by abusive bosses. We’ve launched a weekly podcast, “We’ve Got Issues,” focused on issues, not tweets. Unlike other news sites, we’ve decided to make our original content free. But we need your support to do what we do.

Raw Story is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. We’re not part of a conglomerate, or a project of venture capital bros. From unflinching coverage of racism, to revealing efforts to erode our rights, Raw Story will continue to expose hypocrisy and harm. Unhinged from corporate overlords, we fight to ensure no one is forgotten.

We need your support to keep producing quality journalism and deepen our investigative reporting. Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Invest with us in the future. Make a one-time contribution to Raw Story Investigates, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.



Report typos and corrections to: [email protected]. Send news tips to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Brutal new recession indicator: Manufacturing sector contracts for the first time in a decade

Published

on

Warning signs keep piling up that the American economy is slowing down, if not headed for an outright recession.

CNBC reports that IHS Markit's U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers index this month contracted for the first time since September 2009.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

As many as 20 corrections officers have been subpoenaed by grand jury investigating Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide

Published

on

According to sources interviewed by CNN, as many as 20 correctional officers are being called to testify before the grand jury investigating how Jeffrey Epstein was able to kill himself.

It was reported late Wednesday that there were eight officers who knew to watch Epstein while he was housed in the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Epstein had left "suicide watch" after an alleged suicide attempt, and he was supposed to remain under the watchful eye of officers. However, the officers are overworked and the prison understaffed, requiring officers to work several overtime shifts, the officer's union explained.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Top DHS aide resigns amid Trump anger that new anti-immigration plan didn’t get better TV ratings: report

Published

on

The Trump White House has long been plagued by record turnover and now Axios is reporting that yet another Trump administration official has found himself out of a job.

According to Axios, Andrew Meehan, a top aide to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, stepped down this week amid tensions between DHS and the Trump White House.

Continue Reading
 
 

Thank you for whitelisting Raw Story!

As a special thank you, from now until August 31st, we're offering you a discounted rate of $5.99/month to subscribe and get ad-free access. We're honored to have you as a reader. Thank you. :) —Elias, Membership Coordinator
LEARN MORE
close-link
close-image