Cop Who Shot Dog Reassigned Temporarily

Cop Who Shot Dog Reassigned Temporarily

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The officer that shot and killed a dog while responding to a call last weekend has been temporarily reassigned to other duties for his own well being.

Assistant Chief David Carter of the Austin Police Department told FOX 7 that while the officer was not on administrative leave, he was being assigned to other duties because of the stress and scrutiny he has been under.

On Saturday a police officer responded to the wrong address after a call of a domestic disturbance. He drew his gun on the resident, Michael Paxton, and shot his dog Cisco as the dog came running out from the back yard.

Since the shooting, news of Cisco's death has been spread on social media sites like Facebook. The Facebook page Justice for Cisco has had tens of thousands of likes since launching on Sunday.

Carter said that the department is still looking into all aspects of the incident as well as the department's policies.

"A citizen who was going about his business, who is not involved in any kind of criminal or suspicious activity, that's contacted by the police and he loses his dog in that contact, that's a big deal, and we realize that," Carter said.

The inquiry into the incident could take a few more weeks according to Carter.
 

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