Dog shot by off-duty police officer

Family’s dog shot by off-duty police officer

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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21 replies
    • Darla says:

      You are so right. That being said, there are good cops, too. I tend to trust firefighters more than cops these days especially when it comes to animals.

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  1. Mary Ann Clark says:

    I am so sorry that this poor baby died! I hope that they really and impartially investigate the shooting of this dog!

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  2. maxiemom says:

    Disgusting piece of trash cop! This is the kind of garbage who makes the ‘blue lives matter’ what it is: garbage. Until they start respecting the lives of others they can go straight to Hell.

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  3. Darla says:

    What kind of so-called educated police officer would pull a gun to shoot a dog, especially with a person just inches away from him? Sounds like he had a vendetta against these people…..he’s a disgruntled neighbor perhaps? RIP Caesar. My heart breaks for the family and for the neighbor kids who saw it happen.

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  4. Cynthia Como says:

    Another bully cop that thinks it’s ok to shoot off his gun whenever for whatever!!! He was off duty so there is no freaking excuse for this!!! In front of the dogs owner and the neighborhood children,who all loved this dog, he chose to murder this dog!!! I have owned Great Danes and have been around many,many of them and they are gentle giants and I don’t for one micro second think this dog was aggressive or was acting aggressive…..NO WAY!!! I will be praying to God tonight that this bully POS cop will NOT be given a pass for this!!! This was an inexcusable act!! Unfortunately even if he is charged we all know the judicial system will give him a slap on the wrist….HE SHOULD BE FIRED ASAP!!! And OMG THIS IS TEXAS!!!!!!!

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  5. carrie ainsley says:

    I am so sick of these stories. PLEASE throw the book at this dog murdering idiot! He was not on duty, there was no “official business” – there is no excuse! I hoped there’s a petition we can sign and it gets this creep fired at the very least.

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  6. Red says:

    Another useless death. If the owner was that close to her pet……why was he NOT ON A LEASH!?!?!!? I will never understand why owners of large dogs feel they should be able to walk their pets off leash….why? WHY take any chance at all that they will bolt, scare someone, etc. Granted, if the owner was that close the officer SHOULD NOT HAVE FIRED HIS WEAPON, however, if the dog had been on a leash……most likely this would not have happened. All parties are at fault.

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    • Cynthia Como says:

      Did u miss the part of the story that said the dog slipped out the door,it happens!! It says the owner was approaching her dog to get it back into the house and before she could grab him the asshole bully shot it!!! And I don’t but for one second that this Great Dane was aggressive…..why is this off duty cop walking his dog with a loaded weapon in a neighborhood with children outside playing that loved this dog,I’m pretty sure he has no reason to be carrying around a loaded weapon! I PUT THE BLAME ENTIRELY ON THIS BULLY COP….%100!!!!!

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  7. Adrienne says:

    This exactly why people hate cops when it comes to dogs. Shoot first without thinking “well, that woman is the owner”, he just shoots. Lucky no child was injured, just traumatized. Stupid man need to not have a gun other than when he is on duty and even then, his partner should be the one with the gun, not him.

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  8. Marsha Squibb says:

    Asshole cop! IF you had to shoot you could have shot at his leg,NOT SHOOT TO KILL!!!!!!!!! Shame on you…In front of children!!!

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  9. Cheri Patrowicz says:

    Omg what a straight pice of shit how dare u mother fucker how dare u shoot such a kind and beautiful animal grate Dane r no where near agrrssive the r mainly why there r pefererd over other dogs to become service dogs due to there kind and gental personality u owe this family and u oelwe this family HUGE

    To the family of ceazer I so sorry and saddened for ur FAMILY I know there is really nothing I or anyone can say that can heal ur pain but please know that ceaser knew and still knows u loved him to the fullest and he has crossed over the rainbow bridge where he was met by a grate bunch of babies one is my baby Onyx they will show him around and make Shure he isn’t alone or afraid and at night when it’s most painful PLEASE KNOW THAT HE IS Q U AND UR FAMILY STILL AND WHEN U FEEL IT IS TIME TO RESCUE ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL BABY FROM BEING UNJUSTLY KILLED PLEASE KNOW HE WILL NOT BE SAD OR MAD HE WILL BE HAPPY AND WILL KNOW THAT THE NEW BABY WILL NEVER TAKE HIS PLACE BUT WILL FURFILL A HUGE GAP SO PLEASE
    WE WILL GET U AND UR FAMILY JUSTICE FOR THIS GUN HAPPY LUNITIC THAG OVIOUSLY KNOWS SHIT ABOUT DOGS AND OR THERE BREEDS SUCH AS HOW GENTAL UR DOG WAS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME AND WE WILL OR MABY IF U WOULD LIKE CAN DO SOMETHING TO GET CEAZAR JUSTICE AND UR FAMILY THE CLOSHER U ALL DESERVE
    MY NAME IS CHERI MY CELL IS
    15083445130
    RIP CEAZAR U R MISSED AND LOVED

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  10. Barkley's Mom says:

    If the owners account of the situation is accurate, there is NO reason this “off duty” police officer needed to shoot and kill this dog. The owner was right there getting their dog! Nothing will be done about this, the officer will get away with it, they always do, as long as they state they feared for their safety, they will NOT be charged with any wrong doing! I’ts a travesty. My heart goes out to Carol Evans and Jeff Wempa the owners of the dog, I can’t imagine the horror!

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  11. BA says:

    OMG Another creep with a gun and lies…they need to start telling the truth and stop using the same lies..”aggressive” PLEASE!!!!!! lets see if they wipe this under the carpet and let the lying POS off to do it again!!!! this poor dog and family…I hope they get this creep…DO NOT LET HIM WALK AWAY…..shooting and innocent animal and doing it near kids to boot!!!! SLIME SLIME…LIAR

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    • carrie ainsley says:

      I agree, a little education would go a long way. Many people panic at the sight of a 150 pound dog trotting towards them, no matter what their disposition is. But if people realized extremely large usually means gentle giant, maybe they’d relax. Unfortunately there is an impression going around that extremely large means GIANT RABID PIT BULL that my local animal control has referred to “pitbull hysteria” and we all know why that is (thank you dogs bite dot org). My super friendly, people loving mastiffs get treated like villains way too often because uneducated, ignorant people think they are giant pits – even at 185 pounds.

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  12. Nancy Raymond says:

    Another prime example of a so called ‘cop’ who cannot handle a situation without pulling a gun – and killed an innocent dog because he had one – Great Danes are noted for their gentle disposition and no way do I believe this dog was a threat to this idiot – and of course, no name is released because the big blue wall goes up and the cover up begins. My heart breaks for the owners of Cezar who were helpless to stop this hunk of shit cop. Again, Texas you may grow them big, but you sure grow them stupid.

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  13. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    What a dumb ass!!! I cannot believe all these Cops who are afraid of a dog!!!! They need to find new jobs if they can’t handle themselves with a dog!!!!

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