In Conway, Arkansas a deputy has been fired after a video showed him shooting a small dog during a call for service. The incident occurred on January 4 and involved Faulkner County Deputy Kennan Wallace.
According to APNews, the video, posted on the resident’s Facebook page, has gone viral and has been shared thousands of times since Saturday afternoon. Doug Canady, who posted the video, stated he has been with the little dog named Reese for three years and rescued him as a “skinny little ‘malnutritioned’ dog.”
On Friday afternoon, a woman had been standing in the road in front of Canady’s home pointing a gun at the dog and in the direction of the owner’s home. He told the woman to put away the gun at which time she called the police. Canady went to a service station nearby, and when he returned a sheriff’s vehicle was in front of his house. The deputy approached and Canady then began to video the interaction.
Two small dogs ran out near the deputy’s feet – barking and wagging their tails. The deputy asked Canady to come to the road and speak with him, but when Canady refused, the deputy approached and a shot is heard. As the camera pans in on the deputy, a small dog can be seen on the ground writhing in pain.
“Are you f—–g kidding me?” Canady shouts. “You’re f—–g kidding me.”
“I told you,” the deputy responded.”
Canady rushed Reese to an animal hospital where the dog is listed in stable condition. His jaw was shattered, but he is expected to recover.
On Saturday, Sheriff Tim Ryals relieved Deputy Keenan Wallace of his duties at the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office. A statement released on the organization’s Facebook page provided additional information:
Since taking office in 2017, I have been an advocate of integrity, professionalism and transparency. I hold my Deputies to the highest of standards to protect and serve the residents of our community. Unfortunately, a Deputy fell short to those standards.
I was notified Friday of an incident involving Deputy Keenan Wallace. Deputy Wallace fired his service weapon that injured an animal while in close proximity to a citizen. I believe there were numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident.
Over the last 24 hours, at my request, Faulkner County Investigators have been working diligently to investigate whether Deputy Wallace violated any state law or our agency’s policies and procedures. While it appears no policies or laws were violated, I hold every employee within our agency to the highest of standards and will be forwarding the investigation to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further review.
As a result of the incident that occurred on January 4, 2019, in the Shiloh Estates Subdivision, Deputy Keenan Wallace has been relieved of his duties at the Faulkner County Sheriff’ Office.
We in Law Enforcement answer calls every day that require split second life and death decisions. We strive to be right 100 percent of the time.
Our Department is sadden about this incident and apologize for any distress and disappointment this incident has caused anyone who was affected by this disheartening event. We will keep Reeses in our thoughts through the recovery process.
The video is available for viewing here. WARNING: Graphic and disturbing:
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