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A Cleburne, Texas police officer is under investigation after shooting and killing a dog that, he says, acted aggressively toward him.
However, video footage taken from the officer’s lapel camera tells a different story.
Last August, Cleburne Police responded to a call about three Pit Bulls running loose in a neighborhood after escaping from their fenced-in back yard.
One of the dogs was captured and returned home right away. When an officer located the remaining two dogs, he explained that they were friendly at first, but when one of the dogs, a 7-month old Pit Bull named Maximus, began growling and coming toward the officer, he felt he had no choice but to shoot and kill the dog.
In the video, the officer can be heard luring the dogs, who are both wagging their tails and NOT aggressively approaching him, by making kissing noises, all while aiming his gun at the pair. He then repeatedly fires at Maximus, killing him. In the video, Maximus can be seen limping and injured. Rather than seek medical attention for the dog, the officer continues firing until he is dead.
A spokesperson for the Cleburne Police Department said that the video is concerning and the incident is under investigation. The officer has not been named. No information has been provided about whether the officer is on leave during the investigation, or how long the investigation is expected to take and what, if any, action will be taken.
WARNING: The video below contains graphic footage which may be disturbing to some viewers.