REIDSVILLE, NC — An officer’s swift action has left a community in uproar in upstate North Carolina after he shot and killed a fireman’s dog — allegedly without anything like just cause, WGHP reports.
To hear the owner of the dog describe it, a fireman named Kevin Paschal who also owns a fencing company, the officer heard his dog barking while they were talking about expanding an impound lot, and just drew his firearm and opened up.
“My son at 15 years old saw something most people shouldn’t see in their life,” said Kevin Paschal according to WGHP. “Somebody that was supposed to protect him (Paschals’s son) put him in danger. There were bullets flying that could’ve went anywhere.”
Apparently, Paschal was meeting a group of Reidsville police officers, including the chief, to talk about expanding the space they use for things like evidence.
That’s reportedly when officer Glenn Wade pulled in then pulled his firearm on Paschal’s dog, named Auger.
“When he wants to play he has a loud bark and that’s the same bark he started doing on the day he lost his life,” Paschal said.
“Auger has never been aggressive, never. Auger’s greatest aggression is if you have a ball he wants you to throw it.”
If that’s all that happened before Wade opened fire, then Wade is going to be in an unbelievable amount of trouble. Barking isn’t a crime. It’s definitely not a threat.
The city wisely has chosen to call on a third party group to investigate the incident to ensure a fair conclusion.
Reidsville’s mayor, Mayor Jay Donecker, a man who happens to also be a veterinarian by trade, put out the following statement following the shooting:
As mayor, veterinarian and a dog owner I am saddened by the loss of Mr. Pascal’s dog, Auger. Our city administration is moving as quickly as possible to have an outside agency complete its investigation of this incident. I would urge the general public not to rush to judgment without knowing all of the facts, and to be patient while the investigation is being conducted.
In other words: “Yeah, this looks terrible, but we’ve got non-biased parties investigating the incident, please bear with us.”
It’s the right move to make for a small town suddenly caught in the state spotlight for what appears to be a horrible gaff.
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