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Family's elderly dog shot by police who entered fenced yard

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According to Monday's CBS Chicago News, a family in Chicago, Ill., lost their elderly dog to a gunshot wound after police officers entered their fenced yard and opened fire on their pet.

It was Terry Taylor's 10-year-old Italian mastiff, "Castro," who died after being shot on Monday morning. Taylor described what happened in the yard of his home at 59th and Martin Luther King Drive:

The police ran in my yard, opened the gate and shot my dog,”

The police officers had been chasing after an armed suspect who allegedly held someone up at Washington Park - they believed that the man had entered Taylor's fenced yard. The man that the police had been searching for was never in Taylor's yard - he had been hiding nearby, beneath some stairs.

Taylor's own son happened to encounter the armed suspect three hours after Castro was shot and killed. DeMarkus Southern described the strange encounter:

He came from under the porch. He had the gun in his hand, he was backing up talking to me like this, and he is telling me ‘I apologize for the police killing your dog, I seen the whole thing.’ He put the gun back on his hip proceeded down the street,”

The man wanted by the police managed to ditch some of his clothing before running off - he was last seen getting on a bus.

According to WGNTV, the police claimed that Castro charged at them; the shooting is under investigation.

Watch the CBS News clip here.

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