Body camera footage from a Texas cop’s perspective shows the officer making kissing noises at two dogs, who wag their tails at the human, before he opens fire and kills one.
The second pit bull, tracked down in Cleburne, Texas, was captured without incident by an animal control officer – but the killing of the dog has the city investigating the incident after an uproar in the city of 30,000 people some 30 miles south of Fort Worth.
The 22-second clip, uploaded Friday onto YouTube, shows a brown pup and another dark colored dog milling about in a grassy ditch near a culvert. The officer can be heard calling to the animals with little kissing noises, causing the pups to perk up and start wagging their tails as the unidentified male officer approaches.
The cop raises his gun, fires once, causing the brown dog to yelp in pain. He fires two more shots, killing the animal and causing its companion to run off and then quickly turn around. The officer continues to approach the second dog with gun raised before stopping and activating his police radio and the clip cuts out.
“As is often the case, the short video does not tell the whole story,” the city wrote in a statement about the shooting. “The officer was responding to a 911 call for assistance. Three dogs had pinned some residents in a vehicle. One dog was secured without incident before the shooting. The officer was attempting to secure the other dogs until animal control arrived when one dog became aggressive.”