Not only can a particular Fort Worth Police officer not read an address, he also can't tell a border collie from a pit bull. Not that the breed of dog should matter. (article)
The officer was responding to a copper theft call and pulled up to 4719 instead of 4919 Norma Street. He entered the yard and the two dogs of the house headed to greet the officer while the owner, Mark Boling, yelled that the dogs were harmless. One of the dogs stopped when the owner yelled the other continued. According to the owner the officer shot her while she was looking up at him, probably hoping for a pet.
The department's response to the assault on private property?
Here's what Officer Daniel Segura with the Forth Worth Police Department had to say about the shooting:
"The officer responded as an assist unit in the investigation of a copper theft offense that occurred in the 4900 Block on Norma st. The assist officer started looking for suspects in the surrounded area from the offense location; he stopped at 4717 Norma where he made contact with an adult male, the officer waited by the driveway when suddenly two dogs started barking at the officer and in an aggressive manner charged towards his direction. The officer ran towards a pillar and asked the male repeatedly to call back the dogs. The officer jumped on top of the pillar and continued pleading the male to call the dogs back. As the dogs were getting closer to attack/bite the officer, the officer fired his duty weapon striking the dog closest to him.
No arrests were made in reference to the copper theft call."
Sorry, that is lame. The adult man in question got to watch the officer shoot his dog. The adult man in question could have come to the property line to talk to the officer. If officer dumb ass was ready to shit in his pants over a border collie then he has no business carrying a gun.
I have had to go to people's homes but I don't carry a gun. I have negotiated with the dog's owner to put Fido elsewhere. I have talked calmly to the dog. I have had to do whatever I had to and hoped I didn't get bit. So far, so good.
In the end, a family lost their beloved pet and a copper thief got away. Why? Because the officer is an idiot with less balls than lots of other people I know that need to navigate dogs. It is also obvious that the department thinks the officer did nothing wrong. So much for the common police motto of "protect and serve". With officers like dumb ass (best I can come up with since they didn't give us a name), I'm sure the Bolings don't feel protected or served. Fort Worth Police, you suck!