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A Miami family is furious, devastated, and desperate for answers after a Miami-Dade Police officer entered their yard – passing a “Beware of Dog” sign on the way, and fatally shot Charlie, the family’s American Bulldog.
Miami-Dade Police say they were at the property to serve a warrant to someone inside, but Adrian Garcia, Charlie’s owner, said they didn’t know the man police were looking for and he did not reside in the home they’ve lived in for the past 6 months.
But, apparently when officers entered the Garcia’s yard, they feared for their life when Charlie growled and barked.
“If somebody comes in the house that he doesn’t know, he’s gonna bark at them and tell them, ‘Hey. I’m here. Get out,’ ” Adrian Garcia told CBS Miami. “My mom repeatedly said, ‘Don’t come inside. There’s a dog. Let me put him away.’ ”
The family confirmed that Charlie was growling and barking, but he did not charge officers. Instead, the dog stood guard beside Garcia’s mother while she begged to put him away.
An officer opened fire, shooting Charlie in the neck, killing him.
What the officer said next further upset the Garcia family.
“He said the shooting and death of my dog meant nothing,” Garcia explained. “That he’s just an animal.”
The Garcia’s said they had no problem allowing officers to search their home, they just wanted to put the dog away first. A spokesperson for the Miami-Dade Police Department said many of the details of the shooting and who police were looking for will be investigated by Internal Affairs officers.
Garcia plans to hire an attorney to file suit against the department.