The Palacios family of Florida City heard a knock on their front door. When they answered the door, however, their dog, Duchess, shot out the door…only for the police officer to immediately empty three rounds into the dog’s head. The officer was there to inform the family they’d left a car door open; his defense for shooting Duchess was that “he feared for his life.” As you can see in the video below, however, there was no hesitation on the officer’s part. He immediately opened fire.
“She was curious. She wasn’t barking (and) she wasn’t growling. There was no reason for him to think she was aggressive in any way,” said the mother, Gillian Palacios. The cop said “your dog charged me” and promptly left the scene, telling them Animal Services would pick up the dog later.
The department has put their officer on paid administrative leave while they investigate that matter, “gathering all the facts at the time.”