Dog killed Cisco Austin cop
An Austin police officer who responded to the wrong house on a domestic disturbance call is accused of fatally shooting an innocent man's dog.
The dog's owner, Michael Paxton, was playing Frisbee with the Blue Heeler, named Cisco, on Saturday afternoon when the officer entered his property, ABC reported.
"While I was at gunpoint, my dog came from my backyard barking at the officer," Paxton wrote on the "Justice For Cisco" Facebook page. "I yelled for the officer to not shoot my dog, that he will not bite, but the officer immediately shot and killed my dog right in front of me."As of Tuesday afternoon, the Facebook page had 43,262 "Likes."I was unable to stop or restrain Cisco because I was being held at gunpoint," Paxton also said.
Paxton's neighbors admitted that they had been fighting at the time that officers were looking for their residence, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
A man is mourning the loss of his dog after an Austin police mistakenly showed up on his property for a domestic disturbance call.
The officer shot and killed the dog because he felt threatened while responding to the call, which was actually happening next door.
"I never got an explanation why this mistake was made," said Michael Paxton.
Paxton and his dog, Cisco, an Australian cattle dog, were playing in his backyard at 2613 E. Fifth St. on Saturday afternoon. Paxton said he walked around to his truck to get something when he saw Officer Thomas Griffin.
According to Paxton, the officer drew his gun and pointed it at Paxton while telling him to put his hands up, but would not tell him why.
Hearing the commotion, Cisco ran to where Paxton and the officer were standing and began barking at the officer.
Dashcam video caught the verbal exchange between Paxton and Griffin which took place entirely on Paxton's property. The officer can be heard yelling "Get your hands up" and "Get your dog" just seconds before a gunshot rings out. Paxton then pleads with the officer and asks why his dog was shot.
Austin police said the caller who phoned in the domestic disturbance gave the wrong address, and they apologized to Paxton for the mix-up and the death of his dog.
"(Griffin) is distraught about this," said Sgt. David Daniels.
Police officials said there is an internal review every time an officer's firearm is discharged. Griffin is still on duty, and APD would not answer questions about why a firearm was used instead of a stun gun.
"We are not going to second-guess our officer," said Daniels, who said officers can use force when they feel physically threatened by an animal.
Paxton said Cisco has never bitten anyone and would not have attacked the officer despite the barking.
"He shows that behavior, then he sniffs you and wants to be scratched," Paxton explained.
Paxton and friends have already set up a Facebook page that has more than 30,000 likes. However, he discouraged negative comments towards the officer.
"I can’t bring my dog back, but I want something positive to come out of this," he said.