Haltom City officer cleared in shooting of dog

10/15/2008 11:35 AM

09/04/2009 2:36 AM

HALTOM CITY -- A police sergeant who fatally shot a Jack Russell terrier last month while serving a search warrant has been exonerated in the shooting, according to an internal police investigation.

Sgt. Chris Reed, who was not suspended, remained on duty, police said.

The internal investigation was completed Tuesday, almost a month after the dog, Willy, was shot by Reed.

Owners of the dog could not be reached Wednesday.

But in an interview last month, family members had said that the overweight dog never attacked the officer.

Don Burns, 85, of Haltom City, said last month that Willy was sitting in a chair, jumped down when the door was busted open and stood in front of the officer when he was shot.

Burns noted that another dog in the room, a pit bull terrier named Janie, ran to a bedroom when she heard the gunshot.

Police had said that the dog was aggressive when officers entered the house on Sept. 15 in the 5300 block of McQuade Street.

Just days before Willy was shot, police had arrested Dustin Keeble at the house on suspicion of stealing a car, evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance.

Officers were back at the house for additional evidence.

Police had responded 65 times to the house since March 2003, according to Haltom City police reports.

Haltom City police were involved in another dog shooting in June.

Kevin Valenzuela was shot by a Haltom City police officer’s stray bullet intended for his dog. Officers had gone to Valenzuela’s North Richland Hills house in the 3400 block of Willowcrest Drive to arrest his friend, Jaime Moreno, on suspicion of burglary, police have said.

Mark Anthony Limones fired two shots at Valenzuela’s 80-pound pit bull terrier when the dog charged at him, officials have said. The dog was grazed, and Valenzuela was shot in his left leg and grazed on his right.

An internal investigation exonerated Limones in the shooting, police said. North Richland Hills police presented the shooting of Valenzuela to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office, but they decided not to present it to a grand jury, authorities said.

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