Henderson County, NC — Over the weekend, police were called out to a disturbance report during which they walked past a "Beware of Dog" sign, and encountered a resident's dog. During the debacle, one of the deputies with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office did what so many other police officers do when confronted with dogs — he tried to kill it. Instead of killing the dog, however, he shot his fellow deputy.
According to Maj. Frank Stout, the incident unfolded on Sunday around 7 p.m. as police were called out to the alleged "disturbance." The disturbance was reportedly taking place at the home with the "Beware of Dog" sign and police were warned there were dogs at the residence.
When deputies knocked on the door, they saw two pit bulls inside the home so they backed up off the porch and waited for the homeowner to answer. When the door opened, according to the deputies, a pit bull ran out of the door "aggressively" at them.
"Deputies retreated from the house and porch after they knocked because of the aggressive nature and size of the bulldog," Stout said. "The door opened and the pit bull aggressively came at the deputies. One deputy was able to divert the charging pit bull and it turned toward another deputy and lunged at him. That deputy fired, striking the bulldog. One of the rounds fired by the deputy ricocheted off the ground and struck the first deputy in the leg."
Instead of dealing with the alleged disturbance, police then turned the call into an emergency response situation to get the officer to hospital.
"With the current road construction, officers escorted the ambulance in case an alternative route had to be used and stopped or slowed traffic became an issue," Stout said.
Fortunately, the deputy survived and his injuries were not serious. He was treated and released according to police.
According to Stout, after the deputy shot his fellow deputy, the dog ran back inside the home. The dog's condition is unknown and whether or not there was an actual disturbance at the home remains unclear.
No arrests have been made and the sheriff's office hasn't released any further information.
As this case, and others like it illustrate, it is no secret that police officers are unafraid to put the lives of innocent people in danger and pull their guns out to shoot at dogs. The Free Thought Project has reported on multiple instances in which cops have attempted to shoot dogs and shot men, women, and children instead.
As we reported, and as this case illustrates, even their fellow officers aren't safe from cops attempting to kill dogs.
Officer Lane Butler was fighting for her life last year in an Indiana hospital because one of her fellow officers pulled his gun on a dog and shot her instead.
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According to police, officers were responding to a complaint of criminal mischief on a Tuesday morning in January when the shooting happened. Police were at a woman's apartment to see if a person wanted on a warrant was inside. Police noted that the woman was cooperative and let officers search her home.
Before the officers entered the home, the woman warned them that her large dog was inside and in a cage. Butler and two other officers, LaFrene Butler and Aaron Wright, then entered the home and began searching it. As they searched the home, however, the dog reportedly escaped from the cage and the officers then fled the residence.
As the officers fled, Wright pulled out his pistol in a futile attempt to defend himself from the dog. Instead of shooting the dog, however, the officer shot Butler in the back as they walked out the door. Butler was wearing a bulletproof vest, but the round went in just above the protected area in her upper back.
After he negligently shot his fellow cop in the back, the department announced that Wright will face no discipline.
While Butler survived this shooting, others haven't been so lucky.
Take for example the tragic case of Autumn Steele.
The tragic incident unfolded in January 2015 as Gabriel Steele, Autumn's husband, was loading up their 4-year-old son, when Autumn began yelling at Gabriel and the police were called.
"He's got my kid!" yells Autumn.
Officer Jesse Hill was at the Steele residence acting as an escort in their domestic dispute incident. During this commotion, the couple's dog came running out of the house.
"Hey, hey, quit fighting, stop it," says Hill.
In the video, we can hear the dog growl, at which point Hill says, "Get your dog." Only moments later, Hill fired off two rounds.
One of the shots struck Autumn Steele in the arm and another in the chest. The dog was also hit, but he recovered. Sadly, Steele would not recover and died at the hospital. Police and the DA then proceeded to railroad Steele's family as they fought for justice. A tragedy from all sides.