A Texas family is devastated and demanding answers after a police officer entered their fenced backyard during a family get-together, then shot and killed the family’s dog.
Lizzethe Pedregon was hosting a backyard get-together for family and friends on Friday when Missouri City, Texas police entered the fenced backyard and shot the family’s two-and-a-half year old pit bull, Chapo.
It was a noise complaint from a neighbor that prompted police to visit the Pedregon home, but Lizzethe said no one heard a knock on the door, banging on the gate, or anything done to get the family’s attention before police opened the gate and entered the yard where Chapo was playing ball with visitors.
Missouri City Police say Chapo charged the police officer, forcing him to shoot.
But witnesses say that’s not what happened. Though Pedregon had her back turned when shots were fired, guests at her home say Chapo didn’t aggressively charge at the officer, he wasn’t growling, and didn’t bark.
They may soon get those answers. The shooting is now being investigated and that includes reviewing the officer’s body camera footage to determine exactly what happened.