A Jacksonville sheriff’s officer shot and killed a dog Monday after ordering its owner to open the gate to the back yard to see if the dog would come out.
Once the gate was open, the dog named Lucy ran out the gate and rushed up to the officer and gave him a “playful nip,” according to News4Jax.
The Florida cop who has been identified as Carl Limpskin responded by pulling out his gun and firing but missing, according to the dog’s owner, Kimberly Barus.
The dog got scared after the first shot and attempted to run away but the cop fired several more times until the dog had died.
That was when Barus’ son, Jonathan Kyle Barus, “went after” the cop, resulting in him being arrested on a misdemeanor charge of assault on an officer. Kimberly Barus said she had to pull her son away to keep him from being shot by the cop.
The incident was captured on the cop’s body camera but the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is not releasing it because it is “under investigation.”
According to the Barus family, a teenage boy who lives in the neighborhood opened the gate to their backyard for “reasons unknown,” startling Lucy and another dog to start barking at the teen.
Upon hearing the barking, Kimberly Barus walked out the house into the front yard and noticed the teen standing on her car. She told local media that the gate was open but the dogs had remained inside the yard.
She said she walked back in the house to get her husband which is when the teen hopped off the car and began running away.
The teen’s mother called the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, claiming her son was being chased by her neighbor’s dog but the Barus family denies the dog ever chased him.
When the cop arrived, the gate was closed and the dogs were in the back yard but he ordered her to open the gate which is when the dog ran out towards him, making him fear for his life.
The shooting took place in front of several family members, including Kimberly Barus’ 9-year-old granddaughter.
This is how Barus’ daughter, Brandy Benfield, described the incident on her Facebook page:
The family has since launched a petition on Change.org seeking to get the cop fired.
This horrible tragedy should have never happened and has completely traumatized my children as they witnessed what he did. This man is a trigger happy scared individual that should not be allowed to continue his job as an Officer of Law! Lucy was a big baby that we adored and my kids played with daily. We watched in horror as an individual took her life with absolutely no remorse!
On Monday evening, the same day of the shooting, Kimberly Barus posted on her Facebook page that her other dog, Peaches, took off running after the shooting and had gone missing. It is not clear from the post and the comments if the dog had been found.