Friday, October 02, 2009

Tulsa Officer Shoots Dog with 10-Year-old Boy Standing Near Him

A Tulsa police officer shot and killed a dog with a 10-year-old boy standing about three feet away from the animal on Tuesday night, the parent and dog owner told the Tulsa World on Wednesday.

The officer arrived to the home in the 2900 block of East 74th Street on a dog barking complaint around 10 p.m., said Julia Wilson, 32.

Wilson said the officer knocked on the door, which was answered by her son, and the boxer ran onto the porch barking.

As the dog ran through the door, the officer pulled out his weapon and shot the dog twice, with the boy standing directly behind the dog, she said.

“I went on the porch and told the officer that he killed my dog and the officer responded, 'I don’t care,’ ” she said. “My son looked at the officer and asked if his gun was real.”

Meanwhile, the dog ran back into the house and fell dead in a pool of blood in the living room, she said.

Officer Jason Willingham said he could not find the police report Wednesday afternoon and had no information on the incident, including the officer’s name. The department’s Internal Affairs division is also reportedly investigating the shooting.

“What if the dog would have moved and the bullet would have struck my son?” Wilson said.

Wilson said the boxer had on a shock collar, which wouldn’t allow the pet to walk off the property.

The officer was dispatched to the home about a second dog, an American bulldog, which had been sifting through a neighbor’s trash, but was wandering around the front yard when the officer arrived, Wilson said.

“This is going to scar my son for a long time,” she said.
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