An Arkansas police officer was fired after a video of him shooting a small dog went viral.
Faulkner County Deputy Keenan Wallace was caught on a video firing his weapon at a dog during a call for service, which was recorded by a citizen.
The footage, which was later posted to several social media platforms, shows the deputy speaking with a homeowner as two small dogs run around a yard. When Reeses starts barking, Wallace shoots the dog — who suddenly starts to yelp in pain.
“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, “ reads a statement from Ryals on the sheriff’s Facebook page announcing Wallace’s termination.
Modal Trigger Reeses, who is currently recovering from a gunshot to the face
Reeses is recovering from a gunshot to the face.
“Our Department is saddened about this incident and apologizes 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,” continues the post.
Reeses survived the shooting but suffered a shattered jaw, according to a GoFundMe page started to cover the dog’s vet bills. The site had raised just over its $14,000 goal as of Monday morning.
Wallace was placed on paid administrative while prosecutors are still investigating the incident.