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Haltom City officer shoots at dog, hits boy

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- A 17-year-old and his dog were recuperating at home Friday evening, hours after being shot by a Haltom City police officer.

Kevin Valenzuela was in his back yard with two friends getting ready to lift weights at about 3:30 p.m. when two policemen came up the driveway toward them, he said.

"My dog ran up to the police officer barking, and he shot two times," Valenzuela said. "After he shot, the dog ran in the house and I looked down, and my legs were bleeding."

Valenzuela said he was about 15 to 20 feet from the dog, an 80-pound pitbull named King, when he was shot. A bullet grazed his right leg and lodged in his left. He said the officer ordered him onto the ground, then apologized and tried to calm him by asking about his favorite football team while calling for paramedics.

Valenzuela was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where doctors stapled the wound on his right leg and said it was best not to remove the bullet from his left leg.

The Haltom City officers had notified North Richland Hills police that they were going to the home in the 3400 block of Willowcrest drive to detain a juvenile, said Investigator Larry Irving, a North Richland Hills police spokesman. Both departments are investigating the incident, officials said.