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Officer Shoots Woman, Pit Bull Playing
Click2Houston.com ^ | October 8, 2009

Posted on 10/08/2009 9:23:32 PM PDT by kingattax

LA MARQUE, Texas -- A police officer shot a woman and the dog she was playing with when the officer thought the dog was attacking the woman, witnesses told KPRC Local 2.

Witnesses said a La Marque police officer was driving along 5th Avenue near Walnut Street at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, after she helped a person around the corner.

The officer heard people playing and screaming, witnesses said. A 23-year-old woman and her friend were playing with a pit bull named Sugar.

Witnesses said the officer got out of the car and fired several shots toward the dog.

"The young lady started hollering and just at that time a police officer was coming down and thought the dog was attacking the lady," witness Dennis Wallace said. "I can't say that I would do anything different. The (officer) drew down and started shooting. I couldn't say I wouldn't have done that."

The woman's parents said one of the bullets hit the ground and fragments ricocheted, wounding her in the upper body. She was taken by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital, treated and released.

Sugar was also wounded. The dog's owner took Sugar to a vet and it is expected to recover.

La Marque police declined to comment about the shooting, but said the 30-year-old officer has been with the department for about a year and a half.

The Galveston County District Attorney's Office and the Galveston County Sheriff's Office are investigating


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
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1 posted on 10/08/2009 9:23:32 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

oh. i thought maybe the pitbull was playing while the office shot a woman.


2 posted on 10/08/2009 9:32:01 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Isn't the Golden Mean the secret to something," I parried? "Yes," Blue replied. "Mediocrity.")
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To: kingattax

AND IT’S NOT EVEN MARDI GRAS YET!


3 posted on 10/08/2009 9:37:20 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (Remember. There's no "U" in Government.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

4 posted on 10/08/2009 9:37:36 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: kingattax

Shoot first, ask questions later. That’s just his training kicking in, there. (noise in background) Hey! (spins around, pulls gun) Freeze, mother...Jim, is that you? Do you know how close I came to blowing your head off, buddy?...Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, we’re trained to react in milliseconds. It’s muscle memory. You’re welcome, John Q. Public.


5 posted on 10/08/2009 9:38:00 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: kingattax; Chet 99
Better alert Chet99.
6 posted on 10/08/2009 9:38:26 PM PDT by GinaLolaB
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To: kingattax

Barney


7 posted on 10/08/2009 9:41:04 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: kingattax
I can't blame the officer.
8 posted on 10/08/2009 9:42:34 PM PDT by Candor7 (The effective weapons against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (Member NRA)
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To: Right Brother
yeah, that's it. or this..

or this...


9 posted on 10/08/2009 9:43:20 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Isn't the Golden Mean the secret to something," I parried? "Yes," Blue replied. "Mediocrity.")
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To: kingattax

WHAT!? PIT BULLS DON’T PLAY!!!


10 posted on 10/08/2009 9:45:25 PM PDT by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: kingattax
Officer Shoots Woman, Pit Bull Playing

Tackleberry!

11 posted on 10/08/2009 9:57:11 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Candor7

The bitch is a menace and needs to be put down. Or at the very least, fired


12 posted on 10/08/2009 10:13:32 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Thank you. I'm here all week. Try the veal.)
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To: kingattax

This sounds like a deterioration in the standard that one needs to keep a dog incase the police come to one’s dooe so that the officers will have the dog to shoot and don’t have to shoot a person. This officette shot the person anyway. I guess the union contracts are starting to give the officers more perks.


13 posted on 10/08/2009 10:16:42 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (di tray hoi den La Vang)
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To: kingattax

14 posted on 10/08/2009 10:22:47 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: kingattax

...another “she” “officer,” who had scattered rounds all around targets at ranges. ...been there and saw that a few times. It’s really funny, when it only happens at ranges.


15 posted on 10/08/2009 10:27:02 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: kingattax

Chet99 must’ve called the cop. LOL


16 posted on 10/08/2009 10:30:22 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: Oztrich Boy

The officette was just taking advantage of the perks of her job.


17 posted on 10/08/2009 10:31:35 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (di tray hoi den La Vang)
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To: kingattax

18 posted on 10/08/2009 11:05:02 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: kingattax

I hope I never get a flat tire around this stellar cop!


19 posted on 10/08/2009 11:33:42 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: kingattax

Cops just love using their bang-bangs on dogs. Something dangerously wrong with an awful lot of cops in this country.


20 posted on 10/08/2009 11:58:00 PM PDT by cydcharisse
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To: kingattax
Officer Shoots Woman, Pit Bull Playing

Sugar's fun was abruptly halted, upon hearing gunfire. Little did she know that she too was a target.

21 posted on 10/09/2009 12:00:47 AM PDT by taraytarah
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To: kingattax

People who panic shouldn’t be cops!


22 posted on 10/09/2009 1:36:50 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: kingattax
Shoot the dog! Shoot the dog!

23 posted on 10/09/2009 5:20:39 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Candor7

Huh? If I did this, I would be in prison for a very long time.

Yet it is perfectly acceptabel for the officer to shoot before they know what is going on?????

You may believe in 2 sets of standards, but I don’t.


24 posted on 10/09/2009 6:14:10 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Candor7
I can't blame the officer.

You can't blame the officer for badly misjudging a situation, firing shots inapporpriately, firing and hitting the supposed victim, firing without looking for verification that his/her (incorrect) judgment is proper? All because of the breed of the dog, I presume. I wonder if you'd react similarly to improper police shootings in urban neighborhoods.

25 posted on 10/09/2009 6:33:18 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: kingattax
"Playing without a permit, eh? Any Pitt Bull in yer' pedigree, boy?"
or the dog gets it
26 posted on 10/09/2009 7:45:25 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (Will work for ammo.)
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To: Teacher317
Mock dog fightong and wrestling in public is easily miscostrued, or have you ever seen it? Mock screams of fear to entertain doggy who is bussy looking like a killer mastiff?

It also can get tragically out of hand.

Live on the edge, die on the edge.

IMHO the officer reacted as any reasonable person would have.

The results were nearly tragic.

I believe such conduct of wrestling dogs and mock dog attacks in public is highly inappropriate, no matter where it is conducted. Do it at home in your yard of you have to.

27 posted on 10/09/2009 8:24:55 AM PDT by Candor7 (The effective weapons against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (Member NRA)
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To: Candor7
IMHO the officer reacted as any reasonable person would have

A reasonable person would NOT have fired before at least ASKING the "victim" in some way if they needed help. Personally, when I come up kids wrasslin'/playin' like that, I yell LOUDLY to get their attention. If they don't, then I can take further steps. I do not start hosing them down with a flamethrower on sight.

28 posted on 10/09/2009 12:26:33 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: Teacher317
Do you know for sure she didn't get their attention?

Come on!

YOu think she just drew down and opened up?

YOu ever receive police training? HuH?

No , I support this officer, while all the rest of you arm chairs have tantrums. LOL.

29 posted on 10/09/2009 1:34:27 PM PDT by Candor7 (The effective weapons against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (Member NRA)
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To: Candor7
I hope this idiot cop is fired and sued for everything he owns. He violated a basic rule of firearms safety:

Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

Fire him. Sue him into Bankruptcy, then sue him again.

Then prosecute his dumb ass under 18USC242 for Violations of Civil Rights under False Color of Authority.

Frigging idiot.

30 posted on 10/09/2009 1:39:11 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Candor7
YOu think she just drew down and opened up?

Sure looks that way.

31 posted on 10/09/2009 5:33:10 PM PDT by A.J.Armitage
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To: A.J.Armitage

Very doubtful.

Police training.

Think about it.


32 posted on 10/09/2009 7:36:40 PM PDT by Candor7 (The effective weapons against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (Member NRA)
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To: kingattax
Sugar was also wounded. The dog's owner took Sugar to a vet and it is expected to recover.

Good, but I wouldn't want to get too close to her wearing anything that looked a La Marque police uniform. :)

33 posted on 10/10/2009 9:28:28 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Candor7

So you have what she was trained to do, and I have what she did do.

You’re right, of course.


34 posted on 10/23/2009 8:32:26 PM PDT by A.J.Armitage
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