Dillon McJunkin is devastated at the loss of Duke, a pet he thought of more like a brother.
By Miya Shay
ABC13 Eyewitness News
(8/08/05 - LA PORTE, TX) — A young boy is without his best friend after the family's German Shepherd was shot and killed by police. An investigation is underway into what led up to this tragedy.
The family, neighbors, and friends are all devastated. They don't understand how a mistaken address could lead a La Porte police officer to shoot the family dog. Now an internal affairs investigation is underway and a lot of kids are traumatized.
"There's never going to be a dog like him again," mourned Dillon McJunkin, Duke's owner.
Dillon has shed a lot of tears in the last two days. The 14-year-old saw his beloved German Shepherd Duke shot dead in his front yard on Saturday night. It all began when a neighbor called police for an unrelated matter. But one police car stopped in front of the McJunkin's home.
Dillon recalled, "The cop stopped there, and Duke looked at him, and then ran to my mom. And (the officer) shot him twice."
Kay McJunkin, Dillon's mother, explained, "He asked what the address was, and when I told him, he realized he was at the wrong place. And he said he felt threatened by the dog and that I should have had an address posted on my house, and this would have never happened if he knew he was at the wrong address."
The police report tells a different story, saying the dog was actually going toward the officer when the dog was shot. That's why the police department has ordered a full investigation.
"We'll send an investigator out to investigate the whole matter," promised La Porte Police Chief Richard Reff. "It's a use of force issue. Any time we discharge a weapon, whether it's defending yourself against a dog or anything else, it requires a use of force investigation."
Dillon is understandably angry.
"That cop, I hate him, I just hate him," he vented to Eyewitness News.
But no matter what the outcome of the investigation, Duke is gone and his loss is devastating for every child in the neighborhood.
Neighbor Lee Simpson said, "It hurts. I never thought anything like this would happen."
"(Duke) used to always shake hands and do high fives, and he was always cute," recalled family member Kylee Windhan.
If the officer is found to have used excessive force he could face some sort of disciplinary action.
Meanwhile, Duke's family is preparing a memorial for its beloved pet this Saturday and a lot of kids in the neighborhood plan to be there.
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Wow. It's right on the 1st page even. With the subject including "dead dog" and "wrong address".