Cleburne police are investigating after a video circulated online of one of its officers coaxing a dog toward him before shooting it.
The short video, taken from a body camera’s perspective, shows a man’s arms wielding a handgun while the officer summons two dogs toward him.
As the animals approached with their tails wagging, the officer fired several times. As one of the dogs fell to the ground, the officer, who has not been identified, took aim at the second dog.
The video ends abruptly, before showing what happened to the other dog.
Although the video shows that the animals were not being aggressive when the officer fired, Cleburne police have said the officer was responding to a 911 call for assistance after several dogs cornered residents in a vehicle.
“The city is obviously concerned about the video showing an officer shooting a dog,” the city said in a written statement. “As is often the case, the short video does not tell the whole story.”
One of the dogs was secured safely, but one of the others became aggressive before animal control personnel arrived, according to the statement.
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