Fort Worth police release dashboard video in dog shooting

FORT WORTH -- The dog shot at least twice by a police officer Sunday evening in north Fort Worth was just outside the owner's fenced yard and was moving toward the officer and barking, according to a video recording made by the officer's car dashboard camera.

Police released the recording to the Star-Telegram on Wednesday afternoon.

The video does not show the dog, named Papi, being shot, but it does show cousins Jonathan Dimas, 18, and Pedro Turrubiartez, 16, close behind the dog and reacting as they are hit with what turned out to be bullet fragments.

The video shows at least one child nearby. The cousins have said that they were with a 12-year-old and an 11-year-old.

The officer reported that he was trying to pull over the pickup that Dimas was driving because there were unrestrained children riding in the bed of the truck, a police spokesman has said.

The officer followed Dimas into the driveway of his home in the 2000 block of Kearney Avenue. The front yard of the house is fenced, but the gate was open for the pickup to be parked.

The spokesman said the dog behind the fence barked, growled and lunged at the officer before he was shot. Dimas told the Star-Telegram that the dog was only barking and that he shouted at the officer that the dog wouldn't bite.

The incident happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Dimas was wounded in his right leg and left thigh. Turrubiartez was grazed in the chest. They were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where they were treated and released.

"People think it's all about the dog, but it's not," said Melissa Aguilar, Dimas' mother and the dog's owner. "It's about my son and the children who were with him. The doctor said there's a piece of bullet in my son's leg and he cannot get it out."

Aguilar said the video was disappointing because the audio is missing and it showed very little detail. Nothing she saw in the video contradicts what they have told police, Aguilar said. The dog was not lunging at the officer but jumping up as he barked, she said.

"I don't understand why he had to fire a second shot," Aguilar said.

Aguilar said she will be at a news conference at 10:30 a.m. today in Dallas with her attorney to reveal future plans.

Papi remained in an animal hospital Wednesday and was removed from oxygen and doing much better, family members said.

DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR., 817-390-7763