Skip to comments.Police dog accidentally fires gun into Lawrence home (Boston, Mass.)
Posted on 03/03/2013 8:23:25 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine
LAWRENCE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) A specially trained police dog accidentally fired a gun into a Crescent Street home while searching for the stolen firearm in a nearby snowbank.
The stolen firearm was reportedly buried in a snowbank by one of three suspects who were being sought by police. K-9 Ivan was called to the scene shortly after the incident occurred early Saturday morning.
An officer was reportedly parked on Reservoir Street around 2 a.m. when he heard three gunshots. He pulled around to the front of the building and saw three males driving away towards Haverhill Street, reports The Eagle-Tribune.
The suspects noticed they were being followed and attempted to flee at a high rate of speed. At the intersection of Crescent and May, the driver pulled over and 28-year-old Jose Calderon jumped out of the backseat, ran to the opposite side of the road, and began to bury something in the snow. Calderon then went back to car.
Police ordered Calderon and 21-year-old Alexander Gonzalez and 26-year-old Jorge Henriquez out of the vehicle. In the backseat of the car, police found a bullet casing.
According to the newspaper, Ivan then went over to the snowbank and began to paw at the snow. It is believed the dog hit the trigger with his paw discharging a bullet into 82 Crescent St. Officers woke up the residents of the home to make sure no one had been hurt.
Calderon, Gonzalez, and Henriquez were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, receiving a firearm with a defaced serial number, and receiving stolen property.
Henriquez was additionally charged with speeding, and Calderon was also charged with discharging a firearm within 150 feet of a highway and carrying a firearm without a license.
All three suspects are scheduled for arraignment Monday in Lawrence District Court.
Video and funny comments on the story at the link.
There probably are charges against improper disposition of a firearm allowing somebody untrained to accidently discharge it.
DREAM ACT candidates, no doubt!
Actually this case has lots of investigative potential for the police and ICE.
Where did they get a gun with a “defaced” serial number?
Why did they have a gun in the first place?
Were they eligible to possess a gun at all?
Were they illegals?
Were they suspects in serious criminal activities? Charged with “possession of stolen property”. What kind?
Were any of them convicted of misdemeanors or felonies?
Were they out on bail, parole, etc., if so?
Massachusetts, folks. Reporting ain’t too good up there in Kennedy country.
If anyone follows up on this case, please post it here at FR. You can even attach it to this article.
take the dog out to the range, rig up a paw-trigger, and see what he can do!
Don’t know. He might have been trying to shoot the dog at the house where the bullet hit!
Given that this Massachusetts, the homeowners were probably charged with illegal possession of the spent bullets.
Jeeze - why not a big magnet on a string instead of a dog?
Will officer Ivan be put on administrative duty pending investigation of the AD?
I totally love that doggy animated gif every time I see it.
But I wonder, what software do I need to see it move offline? Has anyone else solved this problem?
Lawrence is the pits.
It’s ok because now police dogs are magically the equivalent of a warrant, the Supreme Court said so.
Think I've heard this one before - something bad happens and the dog gets the blame.
Usually it's flatulence or missing homework...
You aren't entirely serious here, but let me offer a serious answer. It was not known what exactly the criminal had buried in the snow. It could be drugs, for example - and those are not magnetic. A dog is the most universal detector.
Well, you can right-click and save it on your computer, then open it in a browser -- that would technically be offline.
Other than that you could try image-viewers, I used to have one for DOS (called PICTVIEW) that handled GOBS of formats and could do some impressive things (i.e. pallette optimization, color reduction) [impressive because of how QUICK it was].
With all the policemen shooting dogs dead, it seems only reasonable for police dogs to at least put a scare into a few people.
They need a presentation from the NRA's Eddie Beagle.
That’s the third dog in as many weeks to discharge a firearm. Are we sure these incidents are accidental?