Florida Police Officer Shoots, Kills Dog In Front Of Family’s Home

The dog's owners say Duchess just displayed "normal dog behavior" when she ran out the door.

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Duchess, the 2-year-old mixed breed who was shot and killed by a police officer. Via CBS Miami

A Florida family wants answers from the Florida City Police Department after an officer shot and killed their dog, just a few feet from their front door.

Gillian Palacios was packing her car for a day of errands when she ran inside her house to go get another of her dogs who had a vet’s appointment that morning, CBS Miami reports. In that brief interval, a police officer drove by, noticed that the passenger door of her car was open and wondered if a crime had taken place.

Officer Marcus Terry parked his patrol car, approached Palacios’ home and knocked on the door. When she opened the door, Duchess, her 2-year-old mixed breed dog, ran out and startled Terry.

“She was excited,” Palacios told CBS Miami. “Someone’s at the door. She’s excited to see who it is, you know, normal dog behavior.”

The shooting was captured on the Palacios family's surveillance cameras.Via CBS Miami

The shooting was captured on the Palacios family’s surveillance cameras. Via CBS Miami

Terry immediately pulled out his gun and shot the dog three times. Duchess died right in front of Palacios’ front door.

“We don’t have the luxury of hindsight,” Ken Armenteros, the police department’s public information officer, told CBS Miami. “We have to use the information that is given to us in a split second so the officer has to make that decision with the information that he has available.”

Terry has been placed on administrative leave and the police department is investigating the incident. But that doesn’t change the tragic outcome of this situation.

“He needs to take responsibility for his actions,” Palacios’ daughter, Sage Raphael, told the news station. “If he didn’t want to be in this position [of being suspended], he should have never pulled that gun and made that first move.”

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