Surveillance from the LeMay’s home shows the officer in their yard walking backward with his pistol drawn. Ciroc is heading toward him wagging his tail. The dog is shot at point-blank range.
The bullet struck him in the jaw. Rocko then appears and is shot in the side, face, and shoulder. The officer then calmly hops a seven-foot wood fence and disappears.
Thankfully, both dogs survived their ordeal. The LeMay’s are now overwhelmed with veterinary bills.
Ciroc’s alone was $900. He will still need surgery that will cost upwards of $7,000. Rocko too is doing well.
A Minneapolis PD spokesman, Corey Schmidt, refused to identify the officer. He told the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “We are aware of the recent incident involving MPD officers responding to an audible residential burglary alarm and while at this call an MPD officer discharged their firearm, striking two dogs belonging to the homeowner.”
“Anytime an officer discharges their firearm in the line of duty there is an investigation. We are in the process of reviewing the video posted online, as well as the officer’s body camera video.”
This still doesn’t answer LeMay’s question: Why? Later on Sunday, an officer from the Minneapolis PD stopped by LeMay’s home to apologize. She said about his visit. He was: “as genuine and compassionate as he could be, without overstepping his boundaries.”
It’s tough to accept an apology when your dogs are in recovery from unnecessary wounds, and you’re stuck with the financial burden of paying for their vet care.
A Go Fund Me page was set up to help the LeMay’s offset these medical expenses. Since Monday, the amount has exceeded $16,000.