It happened Tuesday evening near the intersection of S. 41st and Camellia Street. Springfield police say the officer responded to calls of an aggressive dog. The officer then tried to get the dog to come to him.
That’s when police say the dog made an aggressive move towards the officer in the middle of the street. With little time to react, the officer pulled his gun and shot the dog which was just feet away.
Witnesses, who didn’t want to go on camera, offered a different report of what happened.
They say the dog was barking in her yard as the officer approached. He knelt down and that’s when the dog started coming towards the officer. She said at no time did the dog show any signs of aggression, she was just barking.
Everyone we talked with says they’re not upset with the fact that force was used, they’re mad about the choice of weapon.
“That was definitely overkill in this situation,” said neighbor Brenda Brick. “I don’t feel like that dog was that big of a threat at all. I live right across the street and I’ve only had positive interactions with that dog.”
“The officer wishes he wasn’t put in that position, but he was,” said Sgt. Richard Lewis. “That’s unfortunate for the dog.”
Sgt. Lewis says there was reports that at one point a driver used his car to block the dog from someone on the street and told the person to get in.
The dog’s owners say Quila was a rescue pit bull. Her owner say she was in critical condition at an area veterinarian’s office Tuesday night and the bullet was lodged in her head.
Sgt. Lewis says from his evaluation of what happened this was justified and no disciplinary action will be taken against the officer.
Police will eventually give all of the investigation information to animal control to see if any citations will be issued to the owner.