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Cops Break Into Wrong Home, Shoot Innocent Homeowner, Kill His Dog, Then Shoot Each Other

Atlanta, GA — An almost unbelievable tale of police incompetence comes out of Dekalb County Tuesday after police responded to the wrong home on a burglary call.

During the blunder, police officers wrongfully entered a residence as the homeowners, Chris and Leah McKinley and their small child, watched the movie Serendipity on their sofa.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The bizarre incident unfolded shortly after 7:30 p.m. when three officers responded to a report of a suspicious person near Bouldercrest Road, but were not given a street address, DeKalb director of public safety Cedric Alexander said. The officers went to a home in the 1500 block of Boulderwoods Drive that matched the description given by a 911 caller, Dutton said.

“Officers approached the residence and attempted to contact occupants at the residence,” he said. “No contact was made.”

When officers went to the rear of the house, they found an unlocked screen and unlocked door and believed an intruder was inside, according to police. Officers entered the home through the unlocked door that led to the kitchen and announced their presence.

“Upon entry to the residence, the officers encountered a dog,” Dutton said in an email. “Two officers fired their weapons, striking and killing the animal in the kitchen.”

The McKinley’s neighbor, Tama Colson was out walking Monday night when she saw the patrol cars on the street. She then heard the gunshots.

It wasn’t just the dog, who police shot, however. After hearing police shoot his dog in the kitchen, Chris McKinley walked into the room to assess the situation. That’s when he too was shot by the Dekalb County police.

“I hear Leah screaming, I see Chris walking out, ‘They just shot me, they just shot me, and they killed my dog,’” Colson recounted of the incident. “So I got him to lay down, took my shirt off and rendered first aid. And Chris just kept saying, ‘Why did they shoot me? Why did they shoot my dog?’ He says, ‘I opened the door to see what the dogs were barking at, and I see black uniforms and I hear pop-pop-pop-pop,’” Colson continued.

But the epic blunder wasn’t over just yet. After they broke into the wrong home, killed a family pet, and shot the innocent and unarmed homeowner, they also shot their fellow cop!

One of the officers had to be transported in critical condition to the Grady Memorial Hospital after being shot by one of his own officers. That officer was in serious, but stable condition Tuesday morning after receiving a bullet to his hip.

According to DeKalb police Chief James Conroy, the three officers involved are all on paid leave.

“Without getting into the specifics of this case, that’s one of the challenges when people call 911, we often don’t know where they are,” Conroy said. “We want officers to go out and investigate crimes like this rather than react. We want to go out and actually apprehend criminals and help people.”

However, these officers were doing no such investigation, nor were they apprehending criminals.

In an atypical fashion, the department officially admitted to making a mistake.

“Are we perfect? Absolutely not. But when we find that we made a mistake, we own it. We own the fact that we were at the wrong house,” he said. “We didn’t hide it. We didn’t mismanage it. We were at the wrong location based on information that was given to us.”

The part that was left out, however, is that their ‘mistake’ led to police officers shooting an innocent man and killing a family pet.

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    • ,we need our police officers, ,,but so sad this happened, ,

    • We all should respect our police officers, ,they do save LIVES…..and protect US….but so sad when things like this happens. ..!!!!

    • Our police officers solve so many cases,that would never be solved, ,,and send them too JAIL for harming our families, ,friends, ,,neighbors and neighborhoods. !!!!so I say. Respect for RESPECT !!!!

    • Up theirs that,s what i say.

    • Johnny Brown You mean for people who care so little about the enforcement of evil drug laws?

  • God how sad.

  • Incompetence is inbred into police departments. That’s what happens when a system has ZERO accountability!

  • Y+ hi free

  • Need to shoot each other more.

  • Stop shooting people

  • I’m not sure how to respond to this…

  • Another example of police looking for trouble. “Suspicious” person? Yeah thats a valid reason for illegal entry and to shoot a citizen and his dog. Protect and serve my eye!

  • Well they deserved that!! I’m laughing.

  • Read this story (it’s not uncommon). This is one of the reasons why you should never leave your door unlocked AND never open your door to police (speak with them through the closed door or window). You are NOT legally required to open your door to police. Iif they have a warrant, they will likely break the door down anyway. If they don’t, the damaged door will be evidence of the illegal entry and any evidence will be inadmissible. The only exceptions are rare “exigent circumstances” (e.g., police hear yells for help inside, in pursuit of a felon who runs inside, etc.).

  • What will the elementary kids do next.

  • Shitheads with guns and a license to kill. What a proud nation! All other nations MUST be compelled to follow us and our ways!

  • Larry Saenz should have been obeying the law right?

    • It’s not a perfect world. Things happen. Odds of that happening are probably a lot less than getting struck by lightning. I still say, don’t break the law and you don’t have a thing to worry about. Look at it this way… if your home gets broken into or you get beat-up; someone runs into your car or something like that, call the folks that think like you do, instead of the police and see how far that gets you. Calling the Police would be hypocritical. As for me, I’ll take my chances with the police. Now, I have to get back to work. Take care of Rockit Man.

    • Hopefully u don’t have an autistic child cuz police r killing them like donuts for not breaking the law parents call for a lil extra help during a tantrum… These officers need TRAINING and not escalating problems off the bat, pulling guns and shouting commands and shooting if demands aren’t met in mere seconds. Also why the fuck r they killing dogs like crazy? A dog is shot by police on average once every 98 minutes!!! The dogs broke no laws and could have been scared off from the noise alone!!! Police r careless these days and get away with pretty much everything conviction rates for cops r less then %4!!!!! Just the rapists and cops who steal from the department lol

  • OK, good guys, they admit a mistake was made. So why are taxpayers footing the bill for their vacation when any other person on earth who breaks into someone’s home, shoots their pet and homeowner would go STRAIGHT TO JAIL!!!

    • So when a Dr misdiagnoses cancer and patient dies does he /she go to jail

    • Not the same. Trespass, killing a pet and shooting the resident? Really? Besides that, for a diagnosed chronic affliction one should always seek a second and sometimes third opinion. JMO

    • Actually if a doctor falsely diagnosed you w. Cancer he gets sued and loses all medical credibility.. Happened to a friend he is a millionaire now

  • Sad story, this poor guys wakes up to his house being broken into, gun fire, the family dog gets shot and killed. The cops were at the wrong house looking into burglary, and get too hyped up and shoot eachother…sounds like they gotta stop worrying about shadows…

  • Even I am amazed by the part where the homeowner gets shot! The dog part — a dog or five get it from cops pretty much every day, right? We expect animal abuse and cowardice in that arena. But not only was the man apparently not armed, apparently he wasn’t mentally ill, he may not have been a minority, he was a homeowner, he wasn’t disabled, he wasn’t having a seizure, he didn’t “reach for his waistband”, he didn’t put his hands in a scary imaginary cookie jar . . . what else? . . . oh, he wasn’t using his vehicle as a weapon, and I didn’t see the cops claim that he was trying to run them over with his stationary bike . . . so kind of a whole new angle on shooting!

  • Everytime I see this crap, I feel better about my decision to convince my son he’s too smart to be a cop.

  • On the plus side, with settlements these days he won’t have to work…

  • Dear Police, can you please make sure you are at the right fucking house at least. It’s not too much to ask. You wonder why you are losing support from the citizenry. This is why. You look like a bunch of incompetent buffoons…with firearms. I go to people’s houses all day long. It’s not that hard.

  • Lets be careful out there. There are cops everywhere.

  • Sorry to say folks but if he had just complied with the officers commands this wouldn’t have happened .

    • You needed to put SARCASM notation in your post, or you are a total idjit.

    • I think anyone that follows these type incidents will see the sarcasm here .

  • Irony much.

  • Someone was spooked

  • would make a brilliant comedy sketch if it weren’t so sad

  • Tired of shooting propaganda. Time to start deleting instead or reading.

  • Take a look 🙂

  • What a bunch of retards

  • Haha haha that is the icing on the cake…. Jahahaha

  • Andrew Tonkin this is why we need more guns in our house.

  • Map quest Training and sensitivity training…

  • In 2006 a Sheriff Deputy physically harassed me…would show up at my job, follow me home to my driveway. One day he came to the door, i cracked it open and asked if he had a search warrant. He said no, i closed the door as he stuck his arm up to push it open. He was way bigger than me and forced it even though i fought to push it closed all the way. He stuck his mace through the opening and sprayed and sprayed. I came too in the ground cuffed sitting next to a cop cars tire with people dumping cold water all over my head. He called me trying to push my door closed ‘assault’ and so i still have an assault on a police officer charge on my record to this day. Ruined my chances of becoming a nurse. Its a violent crime charge plus double bad on an officer. He didn’t have a warrant but when i could see everything there were at least 5 cop cars in my driveway.

  • I did 6 mo for that. I had a public defender. The deputy’s ‘reason’ was suspicious activity. The real reason was i wouldn’t give it up to him, he offered me money, he offered drugs. Years later it was found i wasn’t the only one. A picture was supposed to have surfaced of a naked girl posing on his cop car. She accepted drugs.

  • Hello, dispatch…. can we get an address?…

  • Keystone cops are alive and well (mostly) and now have real guns!

  • Idiots.

  • I know he’s white and nobody will burn and loot but the cops should be charged with attempted murder terrorism and reckless endangerment

  • One of the animals that was shot deserved it, at least. The other two deserve justice, which they will no doubt be denied.

  • Omg this poor poor man. I feel so bad for him. The only reason these gentlemen are “owning” upto their mistakes is because they shot one of their own. These guys are taught to respond not react, this is unacceptable. Paid leave? Even more unacceptable from the department head. My heart goes out to him and I hope he sues the shit out of the department, I know it won’t fix things but at least your medical bills will be paid.

  • A very bad Laurel and Hardy episode!

  • Poor doggie.

  • for every one bad cop there are 100 other cops willing to cover it up that dont make them good cops that makes them accesories to the crime!!! MAKING THEM A BAD COP!!!! A COP THAT DOES NOT STOP CRIME, IS A BAD COP, A COP THAT COVERS UP CRIMES NOT ONLY IS A BAD COP BUT INSPIRES OTHERS TO COMMIT MORE CRIME, MAKING THEM ALL BAD COPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANHD WHEN YOU FIRE AND DISIPLINE GOOD COPS FOR REPORTING CRIMES OF THOSE COVERING UP CRIMES, THAT MAKES THEM ALL BAD COPS BECUASE WELL ACORDING TO THEIR COMMAND THEY ARE A BAD COPS FOR REPORTING CRIMINAL ACTIONS OF OFFICERS, AMD ACORDING TO THE LAWS AND THE PUBLIC YOUR A BAD COP IF YOU FAIL TO REPORT A CRIME IF YOU COVER UP A CRIME( BT THE VERY DEFINITION GIVEN BY OFFICERS OF THE LAW IT MAKE YOU AN ACCESSORY TO THE CRIME SO NAME A TRULLY GOOD COP THAT REPORTS EVRY WRONGFULL ACTION OF EVERY SITUATION AND EVERY PERSON OFFICER OR CITIZEN!!!!! THE PROBLEM IS THEY PROTECT THEIR OWN, MAKING THEM ALL BAD COPS. THAT SUBVERT THEIR DUTIES WHEN IT CONTRIDICT THEIR OWN PERSONAL AGENDAS AND BIAS!!!! THAT IS THEM SHURKING THEIR DUTY AS A SWORN IN OFFICER OF THE LAW!!!

  • What is wrong with this picture

  • How does this happen in the United States?!

  • Unbelievable! And they get a paid vacation for shooting an innocent man and killing his dog.

  • I know but this Is a terrible day to be talking this shit. How can you justify executing another human being

  • It’s those damn steroids…..

  • Only in the States your cops make me sick ❤️

  • Keystone Stooges are at it again

  • The Barney Fife personality was only suitable for Police Service in a TV show. It is not acceptable for real life

  • Give them NOTHING but what they deserve nothing

  • What didn’t they shoot?

  • I’m still trying to comprehend how you can have at MINIMUM two bad shoots (the dog is probably a bad shoot too, but I’m being sweet and letting the cops take a plea deal) of two different people, one of them a coworker, on a single call that didn’t even involve civilian violence or brandishing of weapons! HOW? I was wondering earlier today if the cop who shot the homeowner wanted to pretend the homeowner had shot him so he asked his buddy to do it or did it to himself. Seems unlikely though since apparently nobody has tried to pin it on the owner . . . plus ballistics, etc. But it doesn’t seem a lot more unlikely than the apparent reality is!

  • That is some mighty fine police work!

  • Just plain fucking nasty !!

  • I just thought of something else . . . I was thinking what a great neighbor that lady is to risk helping the man . . . especially since she’s black and near trigger-happy cops. She could have been charged with “interference” or whatever it is and/or been shot. But then I realized — hey, wait a minute . . . why did a neighbor even have to be the one administering first aid? Isn’t that what FIRST responders are for, FIRST aid? Probably just taking care of their own guy and ignoring the civilian.

  • heros

  • bwahahahaha You fucking dumb pigs. Wish the dog tore your dummy throats out

  • How could anyone possibly LIKE this??? Assholes shoot innocents…

  • fucking idiots . reminds me of the movie idiocracy .

  • How do we get to the point where police stop breaking into people’s homes?

  • KILL first, ask questions later.

  • Poor dog

  • The news was trying to say the homeowner shot the cop. I am glad the truth finally came out.

  • Most police forces are hiring anyone due to the inability to pay a good salary. This is the result of that

  • This fuck fest is going too far, you Americans need to do something, seems like cops are completely de humanized.

  • gross negligence,is what it is ,to kill ,maim,Brutalize ,innocent Citizens and Animals

  • Idiots

  • Insane

  • Keystone Kops…

  • What a Bunch of untrained Cowards. I can see them now, looking like Barney Fife !

  • A deadlier version of the Three Stooges.

  • They deserve to kill each other.

  • whatafuckingjoke

  • Equal brutality for all.

  • Bunch of scary ass MFs with guns is what they are!! If you can’t stand the heat, get out!! We don’t need scary ass people protecting/killing us.

  • Happened a few houses down from me

  • What a mess. Please less cops but smarter, more educated and more trained. We need quality not quantity!

  • Im starting to be numb by all the bs thats allowed to go on in this country. Now i sleep with my gun thats how much i trust this country

  • Diana Spatz

    I thought the same thing. Why was the neighbor giving first aid? I often leave my back door open for fresh air. I’m going to rethink that habit after this story