Tonight’s open line includes information about a story that’s getting heavy attention on social media today: A Faulkner County deputy has been put on administrative leave while the office reviews a shooting of a small dog during a visit to a man’s house. Details from KARK/Fox 16. The dog is receiving veterinary treatment for a jaw injured by the gunshot. UPDATE: The deputy has been fired.
A Go Fund Me page has been established to pay for care for the dog.
KATV reported that the sheriff’s said its officers were responding to a report of an aggressive dog in Shiloh Estates. Video made by a resident of a house where deputies stopped shows the dog barking at a deputy, who shoots it. It continues to run around while the deputy has a contentious discussion with the man making the video.
The officer on leave handles a K-9 dog himself.
UPDATE: KARK reports here on the firing of the deputy, Keenan Wallace. Sheriff Tim Ryals’ statement:
Since taking office in 2017, I have been an advocate of integrity, professionalism and transparency. I hold my Deputies to the highest of standards to protect and serve the residents of our community. Unfortunately, a Deputy fell short to those standards.
I was notified Friday of an incident involving Deputy Keenan Wallace. Deputy Wallace fired his service weapon that injured an animal while in close proximity to a citizen. I believe there were numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident.
Over the last 24 hours, at my request, Faulkner County Investigators have been working diligently to investigate whether Deputy Wallace violated any state law or our agency’s policies and procedures. While it appears no policies or laws were violated, I hold every employee within our agency to the highest of standards and will be forwarding the investigation to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further review.
As a result of the incident that occurred on January 4, 2019, in the Shiloh Estates Subdivision, Deputy Keenan Wallace has been relieved of his duties at the Faulkner County Sheriff’ Office.
We in Law Enforcement answer calls every day that require split second life and death decisions. We strive to be right 100 percent of the time.
Our Department is sadden about this incident and apologize for any distress and disappointment this incident has caused anyone who was affected by this disheartening event. We will keep Reeses in our thoughts through the recovery process.
Following is a clip with a portion of the event. More extended video can be found on Facebook and YouTube.
WATCH: This video of a Faulkner County deputy has sparked outrage on social media. It's been shared hundreds of times.
— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman) January 5, 2019