Deputy Jerrod Dooley, 32, was fired by the Sheriff's Office shortly after he shot and killed Cole Middleton's two-year-old dog, "Candy." Now, he is facing a felony charge which could land him behind bars for up to two years.
Pete Schulte, Dooleys' attorney, believes that his client will not be found guilty; he stated:
This is clearly a political knee jerk reaction by the DA in Rains County and there’s no chance that this case will stand up in court,"
"It’s a legal impossibility because he was acting within the scope of his employment as a public servant. We look forward to our day in court.”
On April 19, Dooley responded to a call about a burglary at Middleton's home. Dooley claimed that Candy had "charged" him, but a necropsy on the dog's body revealed that the gunshot wound entered at the back of her skull, and exited out her face - suggesting that she was running away from the deputy at the time that she was mortally wounded.
The gunshot was not immediately fatal and though Middleton pleaded for the deputy to finish what he had started, the deputy refused.
Days after the dog's death, Dooley gave a tearful interview, claiming that he felt that he had no choice at the time because the dog was charging him.
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