Charlie Brooks doesn’t know why an Ocoee police officer had to shoot his 11-year-old hound dog; an old pooch described by his family as playful and friendly. Tragically, the police had a different opinion, and Sgt. Mark Bousquet said the family’s beloved dog, named Duke approached one of the officers, and they shot him.
Charlie witnessed the entire tragedy. According to Fox News, officers arrived at the Brooks’ home one week ago to ask about a boat authorities had seen floating across the street from his property, The boat belonged to the family, but in a moment everything changed, and as Charlie came out of the house, he said he couldn’t react soon enough.
“Our dogs came out through the dog door, came out toward the officer. The officer backed up, took a few steps, pulled his firearm and shot my dog in the head.,” Charlie stated.
Four years ago, the family had moved into their new home in Ocoee, Florida with a lakefront lot across the street where they could dock their boat on the water. Because their home was on a busy street, the entire yard had been fenced and gated. When an officer arrived at their home, he opened and walked through the front gate and began walking up the driveway towards their front door explained Lisa Brooks.
“Hearing a noise, our sweet 11-year-old dog, Duke ran out of his doggy door to greet his new ‘friend,'” Lisa wrote on her Facebook page. “The police officer pulled out his gun and shot him (Duke) in the head.”
Animal Control didn’t arrive for hours after a crime scene investigation had been carried out at the family’s home because a shot had been fired.
“They asked some questions. ‘Did it bite anybody?’ No…HE was just at HIS home in HIS fenced yard where he was supposed to be safe. We watched as they picked Duke up by the legs, put him in a plastic bag and loaded him into their truck.”
Originally, Lisa said she was told the officer would be placed on administrative duty until an investigation was completed. By the end of the week, the family had received no news and had allegedly been misinformed.
“On Friday when we called again, 96 hours after Duke was killed, we were told the police report was still not ‘complete.'” Lisa wrote. “However, we managed to get a preliminary copy. The offense identified in the report was “Suspicious Vehicle.” The officer had come to our house in the first place to inquire about our boat which was covered, anchored and properly registered on our lakefront. There was no mention of the officer firing his weapon or that he killed our dog. The fact that this preliminary report completely omits the actual crime does not leave us with much hope that the report will be factual or tell the complete truth.”
To the family’s one-year-old son Davin, calling his dog by name, (Duu) was one of the two words he knew. How does one explain to a one-year-old he will never see or touch his dog again? Their sweet dog was never a threat to anyone and according to his family, Duke’s biggest offense was giving too many kisses. He would lie patiently as Davin was taught to “pet gently,” and even when Duke’s tail got an arbitrary baby pull, Duke responded only with sloppy dog kisses.
“We are scared and we are worried. We are scared that a police man walked through the gate of our home and inflicted this violence at our front door for no good reason. We are scared that pulling his gun and using deadly force was his first course of action when many others could have and should have been used. We are scared because he showed no remorse. We are worried because this officer was back at work right after the incident. We are worried because it doesn’t appear that he will receive any repercussions from his actions or additional/corrective training. We are worried because the next time this officer feels ‘threatened’ he may very well take the same action and it may not be a dog that suffers,” wrote Lisa as her heart broke into a million tiny pieces.
This isn’t the end of the story, and the family hopes they can make a difference for another dog who might face the same cruel fate.
Rest in peace Duke.
(Photo of Duke and Davin in Ocoee screenshot via Facebook)
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