Friday, July 5, 2013

Winston Salem's New Police Chief Shoots at Dog and Hits Woman

Just days before being sworn in as Winston Salem's new Chief of Police, Barry Rountree tried to shoot an aggressive acting boxer mix after responding to a man with a gun 911 call.

CMPD's Deputy Chief Keer Putney was a runner up for the position.

According to local news reports: "The shooting happened after Winston-Salem police received a 911 call that a man armed with a double-barreled gun was standing on a porch at 124 N. Jackson Ave. and pointing the gun at someone, police said.

Officer Mohammed Khan arrived on the scene, and Rountree responded to assist him, police said. Khan and Rountree then took cover behind Khan's vehicle.

Before they could search for the man, a medium-sized boxer or boxer-mix dog ran from behind a house at 114 N. Jackson Ave. toward Rountree and Khan.

As the dog charged Rountree, he fired his service weapon at the dog. The bullet apparently hit the dog, then struck the driveway's pavement and ricocheted. Bullet fragments struck the homeowner, Tamara Whitt, in her upper left leg. Whitt is also the dog's owner.

The dog ran away after the shooting, but animal control officers found the dog nearby with a gunshot wound to his leg.

The dog acted aggressively toward the officers, who sedated him and put the dog in an animal control vehicle, said Tim Jennings, the director of Forsyth County Animal Control.

A veterinarian treated the dog with antibiotics and a painkiller for his wound, Jennings said. The dog is being held at the Forsyth County Animal Shelter.

Cedar's Take: Shooting a dog is never a good idea, Officers always get a bad rap for doing so or even death threats as in the case with the recent California shooting of a man's dog that jumped out of his SUV's window.

But the fault often falls to the owner. Let's face it people who own pit bulls, rotties, and even boxers, like their aggressive nature, often encouraging them with "git em" "good boy". 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow cedar, with all your knowledge of police tactics you should write a book. yes always let the dog attack and chew your hand or arm until you are disabled for life. then send the dog to counseling to get over why you got it mad to begin with.

Anonymous said...

Boxers do not have an "aggressive nature".

Anonymous said...

Apparently the boxer was doing an impersonation of an aggressive dog.

As for the Rottey I would have done the same. People you need to control your damn dogs.

And Cedar is right there are many many owners you get off on saying git em'!

Anonymous said...

.... so I shot the bitch.... oh sorry... wrong bitch

Anonymous said...

There are plenty of times officers are in a position they must shoot dogs who are being aggressive, and where life and limb are at stake, and others with guns are involved.

However, there are many, many cases where innocent dogs are simply sitting around wagging tails or happily trotting around and stupid officers blow them away in front of stunned and horrified families who were often being harassed for literally no reason, illegal stops, incorrect addresses, or other similar things, just because the officer in question was irrationally afraid of dogs or just because they felt like it. These have been all different sizes and breeds of dogs, from the smallest and fluffiest of innocuous breeds. I hope people get proper training. They are not objects that can be replaced. They are beloved pets.

In the case of the Winston-Salem shooting, there is more information, but also I believe shooting at the sidewalk with people around was a bad idea and probably against training because of the ricochet.

Samantha Laine said...

r@2013071317:16 Well said. So taking it from Winston Churchill re making a point here it is again: "However, there are many, many cases where innocent dogs are simply sitting around wagging tails or happily trotting around and stupid officers blow them away in front of stunned and horrified families who were often being harassed for literally no reason, illegal stops, incorrect addresses, or other similar things, just because the officer in question was irrationally afraid of dogs or just because they felt like it. These have been all different sizes and breeds of dogs, from the smallest and fluffiest of innocuous breeds. I hope people get proper training. They are not objects that can be replaced. They are beloved pets."

Speaking as an honorary member of Tribe Dog gotta say that from our POV Cedar Posts hung the damn moon. Without his help the CMPD bust dogs just might not have the happy ending they have now. Just the facts, ma'mm. Who, when, why, what, where.

Now, re (a)"But the fault often falls to the owner. (b) Let's face it people who own pit bulls, Rotties, and even boxers, like their aggressive nature, often encouraging them with "git em" "good boy".": (a)Damn straight, Cedar. (b)SOME. Not all. Some are highly responsible pet owners. From all walks. Ex military, bikers, sometimes both. Their dogs are obedience trained and have far better recall than many less targeted breeds.

Anonymous said...

case in point: http://www.examiner.com/article/carter-county-oklahoma-deputy-kills-family-dog

"not his first kill" either

wrong house.