The dramatic moment a policeman shoots dead a man’s beloved pet dog while responding to an emergency call at the wrong address has been released on the internet.
Footage from the patrol car’s dashboard camera captures the shot ring out milliseconds after the officer shouts: ‘Show me your hands, show me your hands. Get your dog.’
Owner Michael Paxton, 40, can be heard crying out: ‘Don’t shoot my dog. What are you doing, what did you shoot my dog for? What are you doing? I live here.’
‘I didn’t know you were here I was just taking him into the yard. Oh my god, I can’t believe you just shot my dog.
‘I need to give him to the vet. What are you doing here?,’ adding ‘thanks for shooting my best friend’, you killed my best friend’.
He then says: ‘Thanks for pulling a gun on me in my own driveway for no reason.’
He says he was playing Frisbee with his seven-year-old Australian cattle dog, Cisco, at his home in Austin, Texas, when a police officer suddenly appeared, drew his weapon and ordered him to put his hands up.
It is understood the police were responding to a domestic abuse call of a man choking a woman and had unknowingly arrived at Paxton’s home after the 911 caller gave the wrong address.
Mr Paxton has launched a Facebook campaign called “Justice for Cisco” in to put pressure on Austin police over dog shooting’.
On the recording uploaded to YouTube, the police officer can be heard explaining his version of events moments after the shooting to a colleague at the scene.
He said: ‘I came round the corner. He [Paxton] walks from behind that tree, I tell him to show me his hands. Dog comes flying out of nowhere, dude, comes straight up at me, jumps at me and I popped it.’
The officer asks several times ‘do you have a girlfriend?’ before telling Mr Paxton the dog should have been on a leash.
Mr Paxton yesterday described the moment he was confronted in his front yard by an officer with his gun drawn.
He said: ‘He had a Taser. He had pepper spray. I don’t understand why, in broad daylight, he pulled a gun on me. I wasn’t running. I wasn’t hiding,’ Paxton told. ‘I was just saying, “I live here.” I was panicking. I was afraid for my life.’
‘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.’