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Maryland police officer who killed family dog is placed on administrative duty

Family dog shot and killed by officer in Maryland
Family dog shot and killed by officer in Maryland
Family photo via the Baltimore Sun

According to Monday's publication of the Baltimore Sun, the Anne Arundel County, Md., police officer who shot and killed a family's dog in Pasadena last weekend, has been placed on administrative duty.

Tim Reeves' Chesapeake Bay retriever, "Vern," was shot and killed by Officer Rodney Price on Saturday afternoon; Price was investigating a burglary in the area at the time of the shooting.

According to Reeves, Officer Price broke the devastating news to him in what appears to be a callous manner, stating:

"I unloaded on your dog. Your dog attacked me, and I killed it."

Anne Arundel County's police chief, Kevin Davis, has already visited Vern's heartbroken guardian and he has vowed to conduct a complete investigation into the shooting. A necropsy will be performed on Vern's body by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

Chief Davis is hopeful that the necrospy will reveal the angle of the bullets which killed Reeves' dog - nobody witnessed the shooting, so the angle of the bullets which entered Vern's body will play a key role in showing what actually took place.

In the meantime, Officer Price, a one-year veteran of the force, has been placed on paid administrative duty.

Prior story about this incident here.

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