According to Saturday's NBC Chicago News, a family's one-year-old dog was fatally wounded on Friday afternoon after being shot by a police officer in Hometown, Ill.
The young dog, a shepherd mix named "Apollo," had escaped from his family's yard and according to his owner, Nicole Echlin, after being returned to his yard he was shot in the head by a police officer.
Tragically, the family's six-year-old child observed the violent incident which took place in her own yard. Echlin told NBC Chicago:
We were in the lawn and the cop already had his gun out,”
I tried to call him in the house and he just stood there staring and I guess he showed his teeth and the cop just shot him, right in front of me and my 6-year-old daughter.”
The child "started screaming" after seeing her dog felled by the police officer's gun. The dog was severely injured by the gunshot wound, but did not die until the next day.
The authorities have stated that Apollo showed his teeth before being shot - witnesses to the shooting have stated that they did not observe any confrontational behavior on the dog's part. One witness stated:
The dog wasn’t doing anything. I didn’t see it doing anything, it wasn’t barking,”
Then I saw a cop shoot the dog, the dog fell to ground on the lawn. I saw through the window the dog was on the floor shot but the dog was still moving, it was moving its legs like it was trying to run but it was laying down.”
A Justice for Apollo Facebook page has been established and already, there are over 4000 followers. Early Saturday, the Hometown Police Department briefly addressed the growing outrage following the dog's death to their Facebook followers, they stated:
From Chief Forsyth. In reference to the tragic incident that occurred on Beck It would be too early for me to make any statement without reviewing all the facts.I can assure the people of ,Hometown that a full investigation of the incident will be conducted.
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