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Texas police officer kills woman while shooting at loose dog, police say

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The officer fired multiple times, likely striking the woman, who has not been identified, police said.

Police are investigating the incident, which happened about 5:20 p.m. Thursday and was captured by body camera, the department said in a statement.

The officer and emergency medical services were called Thursday afternoon to check on a woman who was said be passed out in a grassy area, according to police. The officer was making his way to where the woman was lying when a loose dog "began to run toward the officer while barking," police said.

"The officer retreated backward from the running dog while drawing his duty firearm. The officer discharged his firearm multiple times toward the dog,” the police department said in the statement. "After the shots were fired, the woman yelled out, and it was apparent she was injured."

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I hope they nail his hide to the wall.

One should never back away from a dog coming at you. You are telegraphing your fear of him. He won't stop now. He'll continue coming at you even if he has no intention of attacking you.
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I hope they nail his hide to the wall.

One should never back away from a dog coming at you. You are telegraphing your fear of him. He won't stop now. He'll continue coming at you even if he has no intention of attacking you.

Shouldn't hire cops who have an unreasonable fear of dogs.  Some of them seem to throw reason out the window when they see a loose dog.  Doesn't even have to be a big one.
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HEY!

Mistakes happen,right?

And Officer Safety is always the first thing on what little mind most cops have.

Good thing they don't have attack helicopters or jet fighters because he would have called in a air strike.
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Shouldn't hire cops who have an unreasonable fear of dogs.  Some of them seem to throw reason out the window when they see a loose dog.  Doesn't even have to be a big one.

@Sanguine

Not really. Most were just looking for an excuse to shoot something because they grew up in the cities and never went hunting or shot anything in their lives. Suddenly they have a badge,a gun,and the authority to shoot anything they want,and they can't resist the temptation to see what if feels like to kill something. So they do,and claim they were afraid for their lives.
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@Sanguine

Not really. Most were just looking for an excuse to shoot something because they grew up in the cities and never went hunting or shot anything in their lives. Suddenly they have a badge,a gun,and the authority to shoot anything they want,and they can't resist the temptation to see what if feels like to kill something. So they do,and claim they were afraid for their lives.

Not so, Pete.  I actually know cops, and that is not the case, at least here in Texas, amongst us oxygen wasters.
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The dog survived the gunfire.

Police did not state whether the officer was placed on administrative leave.
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Larry Hamilton, a 64-year-old who often tries to find work outside this Arlington Walmart, said he knew the woman killed by an officer as well as her boyfriend.

He said they had a small brown dog and “she was real loving to the dog.” The dog “was her soul,” he said.
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Larry Hamilton, a 64-year-old who often tries to find work outside this Arlington Walmart, said he knew the woman killed by an officer as well as her boyfriend.

He said they had a small brown dog and “she was real loving to the dog.” The dog “was her soul,” he said.

Which goes to my point - cops who don't like dogs are problematic.

Poor woman.  This is awful.
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Not so, Pete.  I actually know cops, and that is not the case, at least here in Texas, amongst us oxygen wasters.

@Sanguine

How many cops from Texas would you guess who have never been  hunting?
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She was later identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner as 30-year-old Margarita Victoria Brooks.

The Arlington Fire Department confirmed to CBS 11 that the victim was the daughter of one of its captains.

The officer was not hurt.
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Larry Hamilton told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he lives in a nearby apartment but was homeless for several years and knew Brooks. He described her as "a good-hearted person" who always made sure the dog was fed before she was. He said the dog was small and a mix between a beagle and Labrador retriever and didn't appear to be aggressive.

Robert Baxter, a sales manager at a nearby auto dealership, said the dog resembled a beagle and was small to medium in size.
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 The officer had been sent to the scene to check on the woman’s welfare.
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The story marks another high-profile instance of Texas police involvement in the deaths of civilians they were sent to help. On Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News published body camera footage of a 2016 incident that led to the death of an unarmed man who had called 911 for help when he felt frightened (possibly because he was off prescription medication or because of drug use, or both). The footage revealed that the officers held the man for 13 minutes against the ground, even as he cried out in fear. The video appeared to contradict the official police account that the man had been combative, and it showed that the man died while or immediately after being restrained by police. The three officers involved escaped criminal charges and after a suspension were returned to active duty.
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