ETX deputy who shot dog in head has been fired, investigation ongoing
POSTED: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 1:37pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 9:35am
Family: Necropsy shows dog shot in back of head while retreating
Rains County, Texas (KETK) — EDITOR'S NOTE: The Middleton family released the video above of proceedings directly following the shooting incident. Warning some of the material can be considered graphic in nature and may not be suitable for all audiences.
An East Texas deputy has been fired after shooting a family's dog while responding to a burglary.
The family's dog, Candy, was shot by former deputy Jerred Dooley as he was responding to a burglary call at the home of Cole and Jayna Middleton, located on Farm to Market 514, in the Daughtery Community, on April 18.
Officials with the Rains County Sheriff Office told KETK, Dooley responded to the call at 2:41 p.m., nearly two hours after the initial call for help. According to Rains County Communication Supervisor Patrick Wilson, the two hour delay was investigated and the cause was found and corrected with administrative actions.
Responding deputies reported Dooley felt in danger of being attacked by the family dog and reacted by shooting the animal to keep from being bitten. The Rains County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident internally while Dooley is on administrative leave.
According to an necropsy the family sent KETK, Dr. Kevin Bankston of the Hopkins County Veterinary Clinic examined Candy and determined the Blue Heeler was shot in the head from behind.
In my estimation, based on my pathology findings, the trajectory of the bullet could best be described as caudal rostral, i.e. from the back of the head towards the nose. These findings suggest that Candy was shot while retreating from the shooter.
The full necropsy sent to KETK by the Middleton's can be viewed in the attachment below.
The RCSO released the following statement to KETK Wednesday, prior to the release of the necropsy:
The Rains County Sheriff’s Office would most importantly like to offer condolences to the Middleton Family as they have suffered a hard loss. The Rains County Sheriff’s Office has never encountered an issue of this nature, but plan to make positive changes for the future. The Rains County Sheriff’s Office is now in process of introducing new policies regarding animals at large when approaching residences. It is our goal to serve, protect, and keep all situations in which we are involved in safe for both people and animals. The Rains County Sheriff’s Office will continue the investigation until further notice and promises to make positive strides in this matter. They would like thank the Middleton’s and the citizens of Rains County for your patience during our investigation.
The Middleton's have created a Facebook page that has garnered more than 13,000 likes as of 8 p.m. April 23.
Rains County Attorney Robert F. Vititow tells KETK the investigation into Dooley's actions is ongoing. When, and if, the case is presented to their office by law enforcement for prosecution, they will treat it as any other case.
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