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FF Captures Video of Cop Shooting Dog on Cell Phone

FF Captures Video of Cop Shooting Dog on Cell Phone

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Tampa Bay Tribune via YellowBrix

July 28, 2010

FORT PIERCE, FL – Fire Rescue officials in Fort Pierce said a firefighter won’t be disciplined for using a personal cell phone to capture the shooting of a dog by Fort Pierce police.

Fort Pierce police Tuesday released the video recorded by one of three firefighters stranded in their rescue truck because of the dog.

The video shows a pit bull running in the direction of a police officer, the police officer taking a step back and firing a round that grazes the dog’s face. After the dog gets hit, firefighters can be heard laughing and commenting about the dog being shot.

In response to the firefighter’s comments in the video, St. Lucie County Fire Chief Ron Parrish issued a statement.

“It’s a reaction to the situation,” the statement reads. “We don’t condone the comments, but it’s a reaction.”

A fire rescue spokeswoman said it is against policy for employees to use their personal cell phones or cameras while responding to a call. Officials said they spoke with the firefighter and reminded him of the department’s rules. No disciplinary action has been taken.

Meanwhile, police were commending the actions of the officer. Police said the dog could not be stopped, even after being stunned twice with a Taser gun.

“We had rescue workers trapped inside their vehicle and a Comcast vehicle with a worker inside fearful to step out, " said Capt. Gregory Kirk. “It was a menace and a threat. So the officer’s actions were appropriate and actually commendable for him to react so quickly.”

The dog was put down and will be tested for rabies.