Skip to comments.Army Vet Says Police Raided Wrong Apartment, Killed His Dog
Posted on 06/05/2013 6:20:16 AM PDT by Altariel
BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Adam Arroyo has lived in his Breckenridge apartment for three years but has never experienced a day like this past Monday; when police busted down his door in search of drugs, shooting and killing his dog in the process.
"She's over here, chained up, and look at all these bullet holes man. Look at the blood right here," Arroyo explained as he showed Eyewitness cameras where his pit bull mix Cindy had been shot.
"She was tied up in the kitchen like I tie her up every single day, and they shot her for no reason."
When Arroyo returned home Monday evening he found his apartment torn apart, door busted down and several bullet holes in his kitchen wall.
He also found a search warrant for 304 Breckenridge, upper apartment.
The suspect named in the warrant was described as a black male and was wanted on suspicion of dealing crack.
Arroyo is Hispanic and lives at 304 Breckenridge, upper-rear apartment, which has a completely separate entrance and is clearly marked on his mail box.
Reporter: "You have never used or sold drugs in this apartment?" Arroyo: "Never. Never. I don't do drugs. I'm a United States veteran. I work everyday. I'm just trying to live my life."
Arroyo is a combat veteran who served in Iraq and plans to join the National Guard. This incident, however has left him heart-broken and angry.
"For police to wrongfully come into my house and murder my dog... It wasn't that they felt threatened. No. They murdered my dog," said Arroyo, beginning to tear up.
"That was my dog, man. That was my dog. They didn't have to do that, you know. They didn't have to do that."
Arroyo now has to pay to have Cindy cremated. He also had to repair his door at his own cost and has had to miss work.
He plans now to press charges against the City of Buffalo.
Buffalo Police spokesperson Michael DeGeorge says Internal Affairs has launched an investigation into the case, but that police believe they had the proper address.
He also says detectives "don't believe the dog was chained or leashed" when they executed the raid. Adding that if any wrong doing is found in the investigation that officers will face consequences.
DeGeorge could not comment on whether officers found any drugs inside the apartment.
In the time of the Muslim takeover, the arm of the state is now just going door to door, killing dogs.
Right. And maybe we should let the DOJ investigate and punish itself. And the IRS.
Just another isolated incident of cops shooting dogs. At least, the bootlickers keep saying they are isolated. Time after time after time. It is about time to recognize that the government, at all levels, is not our ally.
If I was a cop and saw a pitbull I’d shoot the damn thing too. In the long run they probably did him a favor. The breed should be exterminated.
“... but that police believe they had the proper address.”
Well that makes it okay then. /s
This country is full of incompetent boobs. I hope the police that did this meet the same fate for something they love. IDIOTS. Hope they pay for this one.
I hate pitbulls too, but this was a mixed dog that was tied up in it’s own house. I think the cops should be jailed.
I'm sorry because I agree.
If I was a cop and saw a pitbull Id shoot the damn thing too. In the long run they probably did him a favor. The breed should be exterminated.
Cynophobia, even selective cynophobia, is based in fear, not in reason or logic.
Be careful-—the tyranny you justify to assuage your cynophobia is the same tyranny others will use to justify *your* breed of choice being gunned down while chained.
“If I was a cop and saw a pitbull... I’d shoot the damn thing, too”.
Did you read the article? Did you read that they entered his residence and it was the WRONG one? Did you read that the dog was tied up? Did you read that he is a veteran that fought for our freedoms? Did you read that he now has to pay for the cremation and to fix the holes that the cops left? Are you advocating that the police should barge into homes and kill all pitbulls and pitbull mixes because you feel the breed should be exterminated? I can see now why our freedoms are being taken away if all you got from this article is that you are glad the pitbull is dead.
Hopefully you would be competent enough to enter the right residence. What is the point of kicking down the door to search for drugs? Why not do surveillance and detain the suspect when he leaves? This is just another cluster-f in the war on drugs.
Just where are the PETA pinheads on all this dog murdering?????? Enquiring minds want to know...
The same place as NOW is on all the Muslims treatment of women.
To a large extent, dogs are what they are raised to be. Those who buy attack dogs and raise them to be attack dogs get mean animals. Those who adopt large dogs and teach them to be gentle get large, gentle dogs. I grew up with friends who had a pit bull, and I never felt threatened. I remember her getting riled up to defend the home one time, but even then I didn’t feel threatened. The burglar/prowler/intruder felt very unsafe (and I think the dog would have eaten anyone who threatened a person who was allowed in the home), and the criminal left without his tools, but I felt safe. Another friend’s dog, a Saint Bernard, captured a burglar and held him down, sitting on him and drooling on or licking his face for nearly an hour. It’s certainly different from how a pit bull would react, but I’m not willing to say one is better than the other.
We don’t know if the cop had an option on shooting the dog or knew he had an option - he might not have noticed the chain in that first second when the pit bull transformed into Cujo to defend his territory against someone breaking in. In any case, the police should pay for all damage and for replacing the dog if they raided the wrong home.
What an idiotic comment.
Yet another story of STUPID (and COWARDLY) cops doing incompetent things. What types of idiots are going into the force now?
Oh, they had a reason all right.... it's all about psychological operations. In time, they'll be killing your children.
Bob Lee Swagger: I’m going to find them, burn their playhouse down.
Missing the obvious question. What kind of dog has to be tied up in the house? He didn’t say crated or put in a cage. He has to tie his dog up. Otherwise, the busted in the wrong home so the cops can’t win this one.
Even if you busted into the wrong house? You’d just gun the dog down? And you do stand for individual freedom, do you not?
I’m no fan of pitbulls either, but cops aren’t just shooting them... they’re slaughtering all breeds of dogs on sight as a matter of practice when they break down doors.
I wouldn't hold my breath on that one...
I am speechless, what else would you as a cop shoot when after you wrongly enter someone’s home? Never mind I really don’t want to know as I am sure it would be a very chilling answer. But please tell us you are not a LEO, because there are already to many of your trigger happy types among or Law Enforcement Agencies now.
I feel the same way about Germans.
Yeah .. and Japs, too
You are correct. Suspicion of having illegal drugs should not warrant armed swat teams busting down doors and killing dogs and sometimes people. If guns or gold were declared illegal then that’s OK too?
Perhaps he can’t afford a dog crate or cage; perhaps he considers a chain more humane than either option.
In either case, the cops deliberately stormed an innocent man’s house and killed his dog.
THAT is the crime here.
Here are relevant questions: did they know a veteran resided there? If so, was his military service the *reason* he was targeted?
You got that right it is a psyc op kill the owner’s dog and you just sent a very chilling message that if you ‘screw’ with us the dog won’t be the only dead thing we leave behind.
they didnt shoot it because it was a pitbull
they would have shot that dog if it was a poodle
somehow sometime the ROE of “them vs us” has changed
when the police bust in, the dogs get shot
couple years back local mayor here had “mistaken” police bust-in and in front of him and his wife, they shot all 3 of his killer chocolate labs, including the one that was trying to run and hide
We are becoming a police state.
More evidence that the police are getting out of control. Looks like the warning to lock and load is getting closer.
Why cant those idiots nab a suspect when they leave their homes or apartments?
It’s not idiocy, it’s tyranny.
Which is easier for a Statist—to nab the right guy outside of his apartment, or to terrorize the wrong guy and violate his rights?
Well bless your heart. What a man.
We’re already there.
“... he can’t afford a dog crate”.
They are pricey and I get the feeling that this man wasn’t rolling in money. Plus, I had a friend who would use a long leash on her dog in the kitchen. The reason? Simple.. the rest of the house was carpeted. The kitchen had linoleum... thus, it was easily mopped. If her work look like it was going to be possibly extended by an hour or two, she would use a long leash so the dog had freedom of movement and if she soiled... it was easily mopped up.
Every time cops kill a dog, I look at my little Yorkie, Prissy, and appreciate her little life. She is asleep on my recliner with me now. Every dog owner who is close to his/her dog, must feel the same way I do about Prissy.
I don’t know if I could keep from shooting a person who shoots my dog, cop or not. To me, shooting my dog is a declaration of war.
re: “... but that police believe they had the proper address.
Well that makes it okay then. /s”
Yes, absolutely. I DO NOT understand how these “mistaken” addresses happen. Before you go busting down doors with guns drawn, wouldn’t you think the police would make absolutely sure they were at the right place???
Wouldn’t you think that they would recon the place, ask around undercover, something??
I have a personal story of a married couple from Alabama who moved to my neighborhood and bought a HUD repossessed home. It have been vacant for over two years. The previous owners were indeed bad news and I have no doubt that they were into dealing drugs - but, as I said, they had been gone for over two years.
The house was in terrible shape. It stayed that way until the HUD decided to sell the house. It had to be gutted (plants were growing from the carpet) of all flooring, the a/c, all the appliances, wall and ceiling repair. You name it, they had to replace it.
Finally, the nice couple bought it and continued remodeling it inside and out. They were in the house for about a year. So, remember now, the previous owners have now been gone for almost FOUR years.
Then, out of the blue, in the middle of the night - a SWAT team in full assault gear (the entire neighborhood was awakened to the noise) - broke down the doors, guns drawn, flashlights in the faces kind of thing, dragged this couple out of bed and shoved face down with rifle barrels at the backs of their heads - both being shouted at to not move or they would be fired upon.
After awhile, they FINALLY realized they had made a mistake and left. No apology, no nothing. The couple was too scared to pursue it.
How in the world did that happen? How could the cops NOT do at least a minimum of recon to find out who lived there? They were after the previous owners, who had been gone for almost 4 years?
You were saying?
It wasn’t a “mistake”.
A mistake is knocking over a water glass—unplanned, unintended.
Breaking into someone’s home in the dead of night is *planned* and *intended*.
It’s a disgrace. Tyrants wanting to play soldier like they’re in Fallujah. The police are giving people a reason to hate/fear them. I remember when it was “To protect and serve”. Now it’s more like,”To instill fear and generate revenue”.
“If I was a cop and saw a pitbull Id shoot the damn thing too. In the long run they probably did him a favor. The breed should be exterminated.”
1. Thank god your not a cop.
2. You know nothing about Pitbulls.
3. Doing people a favor against their will is liberalism.
re: “It wasnt a mistake. A mistake is knocking over a water glassunplanned, unintended. Breaking into someones home in the dead of night is *planned* and *intended*.”
I don’t think they planned on breaking in and not finding the people they were after - it was just magnificent incompetence on parade. The problem is, when the cops screw up people often die, pets are murdered, and property destroyed - and for the most part, no repercussions.
They will shoot your Lab next.
1. Pitbulls should be exterminated from the face of the planet.
2. I don’t have labs. I have Great Pyrennes.
3. I won’t be giving the cops any reason to knock my door down and I live in a rural location where such a thing as this is extremely unlikely.
4. If I was a cop I would not have gotten the address wrong.