Phoenix Police officer fires weapon at family dog

Phoenix Police officer fires weapon at family dog

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

The family was at home after midnight Tuesday morning when a Phoenix Police officer showed up to ask them about their car which had broken down a few blocks away.

When the officer opened the side gate, the families dog went toward the officer, and he fired his weapon.

The dog took off and now the family is looking for answers.
 
"He didn't have to shoot the dog," said Brittany chambers.

Brittany Chambers was startled early this morning when officers showed up at her side gate after finding her broken down car a few blocks away.

Police say they wanted to make sure the car hadn't been stolen.

"I Heard the gate kinda jiggle I heard her bark, and then I didn't hear her bark anymore, just the little one," said Chambers.

The officer opened the side gate to the backyard and encountered the Chamber's two dogs.

"Yeah they barked too, yeah and he still proceeded to come in and he shot the dog," said Kevin Chambers.

"She was just doing what she's there to do which is there to let us know someone was at the gate and to protect the gate, he opened the gate," said Brittany.

According to police, the officer fired his gun three times toward their dog Winter when they say she became aggressive toward him and began by biting at his legs.

"From the time that they knocked on our door to the time they shot the gun couldn't have been more than 30 seconds," said neighbor Effie Craven.

Craven described what happened next. "I don't know why they didn't knock on the gate, or yell over the fence, or come back to our door and ask us to call  them, the first thing that happened was the dog got shot," said Craven.

While police say it wasn't clear if the dog was hit neighbors followed what looked like a trail of blood down the street.

But despite searching there is still no sign of Winter who the family says was their son Tyler's best friend.

"They loved each other, camping and everything all those experiences. He'll remember them, they're great memories So yeah I'm glad I could provide her with a decent life," said Kevin.

The dog was last seen leaving the family home near 15th avenue and Van Buren.

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