A Texas family is mourning the unexpected death of their dog, who was shot and killed by a Mansfield, Texas, police officer. According to NBC DFW, Caesar, a Great Dane, was shot on Sunday night by an off-duty Mansfield police officer who was walking his own dog.
Carol Evans and Jeff Wempa, the dog’s owners, told CBS DFW that their dog got out on Sunday night and approached the off-duty officer as he walked by. The officer claims that the dog was behaving aggressively – something the dog’s owners dispute.
Carol Evans saw her dog approaching the man and she claims that she was nearly to him when he decided to fire his weapon. She explained, “I was literally inches away from him getting ready to grab Cezar and the next thing he reached into his jacket and pulled his gun out.”
The dog’s owners, and others in the neighborhood, are disturbed that the man decided to fire his gun in the presence of several kids who were nearby. Neighbor Garrett Martinez stated that he was, “Extremely bothered. My kids have never heard that sound and then to see them hear that and see the blood and the whimpering of the dog that he had fallen in love with just breaks my heart.”
The situation is currently under investigation by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department. The officer’s name has not been released.
(Images via screenshot)
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