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When a North Carolina woman called police for help after a frightening encounter with a strange man on her property, Cumberland County Police arrived and, instead of pursuing her attacker, shot her 7-year old German Shepherd, Astro.
Tamara Abraham’s house is up for sale. Around 6pm on Saturday, a strange man knocked on her door, offering to buy the house.
“He pulled up and was kind of belligerent and I could tell something was off,” she recalled. “And he wasn’t so much there to see my house because he wasn’t even talking- asking me about the house or the land. He was more saying, ‘I got the cash right here, honey.’ And ‘I’ll pay you cash for it. And oh, you’re mighty pretty!’ Whatever. I didn’t feel comfortable.”
Her loyal protector, Astro, chased the man back to his car, and Tamara and her dog ran into the nearby woods to hide while she called 911 for help.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office tells ABC11 two deputies responded to the disturbance call. When they got there, no one was in the driveway.
Sgt. Sean Swain, Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, said because of the nature of the call, the deputy who went up to the door already had his hand on his gun.
“The deputy had the gun in his hand,” he explained. “When she opened the door, the dog came through the door in an aggressive manner and he shot the dog. There’s not time to react.”
“I was just in the middle of saying, ‘Astro! Get- ‘ and I was gonna say get inside and I heard a pop. And they- they shot him,” Abraham explained.
The officer shot Astro directly in the face, the bullet entering his nose and exiting through his neck. He survived the gunshot and was taken to an emergency veterinarian for treatment.
No charges have been filed against the officer that shot Astro and the department maintains that he acted appropriately.
Police have no intention of searching for the man that approached and frightened Abraham at her home.
Astro remains in critical condition but is expected to survive.