An Alliance, Ohio police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing after he shot and killed a dog that, he said, charged at him, leaving him no choice but to fire. But, the officer’s body cam video tells a different story…
Alliance Police Department Patrolman Joshua Tenney was responding to calls about three dogs running loose.
When he located the dogs, he began calling them over with kiss-noises, clapping, and a friendly “Come here, puppy dog! Come here, buddy!”
When the dogs ran toward him, he fired his weapon three times, killing the larger female named China.
In the video above, you can see two of the three dogs running toward Tenney, not barking or growling, but in a playful, happy manner.
Shortly after the shooting, the dogs’ owner, Mark Sampson, arrived with his two young daughters by his side. While out searching for his dogs, Sampson had spotted Patrolman Tenney doing the same and told him, they are “big beautiful dogs that are friendly” and that they “wouldn’t hurt a soul.”
Following the shooting, an internal investigation determined that Tenney followed guidelines when he shot and killed China. They say the dog charged at him in an aggressive manner leaving him no choice but to shoot.
While the officer that shot and killed China was cleared of all charges, the dogs’ owner was cited for allowing dogs to run at large.