Officer shoots and kills family’s dog

COLUMBUS Ga.- The pursuit of a suspect through a Columbus family’s yard lead to a Columbus Police Officer shooting and killing the family dog.

Mufasa is the eight month old , American Pit Bull that police shot and killed around 12:30 this afternoon.

Will is one the owners of Mufasa. He says it all happened so unexpectedly.

“I was sitting on the porch, fixing my lawn mower and I seen the cops chasing two guys on the corner and the guy must have ran and jumped over the fence. Then another cop chasing them came shortly after and I heard a gunshot and I saw the cop standing over my dog,” said Will.

Police say two officers were chasing the suspect when the second officer jumped the fence. They say several dogs were in the backyard. 

One attempted to attack the officer, which is why he discharged his firearm, ultimately killing the dog and damaging the fence in their backyard.

Latonya Price, a family friend, says the dogs did nothing wrong.

“It could have been kids out here, their daughter could have been out here and they just came through the backyard and shot a dog in its own home, where he’s supposed to protect his home at,” said Price.

After the shooting, the family says the officers had no remorse.

“They told the owner that he has to pay to get the dog picked up to get properly buried. We’re all devastated, especially the owners and this is just crazy,” said Price.

Issiah, one of Mufasa’s owners, says he wants the Police Department to take his loss more seriously.

“Just want some justice and just want them to treat it as if they were one of their dogs. Why is he running through the neighborhood in broad daylight and the suspect doesn’t even have a gun,” said Issiah.

The case has now been turned over to the office of professional standards.  The family says they may pursue legal matters, but for now they need time to grieve.

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