Police Report to Wrong Address, Shoot Friendly Dog

An Austin, TX dog owner said he was playing Frisbee in his yard with his dog when a police officer arrived, drew his weapon and told him to freeze. When the friendly dog approached the officer to greet him, the policeman took aim and shot him dead. Now a  Facebook page created by Michael Paxton is gaining fans at a blistering pace as those opposed to the shooting assemble online  to protest the incident. Paxton says he created Justice for Cisco for the sake of awareness: the dog lover says no one should ever have face the same circumstances.

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A spokesman for the Austin Police Department has confirmed that an officer responded to the 2600 block of East 5th Street Saturday at 4:42 p.m. The call came from Paxton’s neighbor after a man and his girlfriend were heard fighting.

Unfortunately,  the officer accidentally responded to the wrong address. Paxton said he clearly told the officer that his dog would not hurt him, but the officer ignored him and fired anyway. Cisco went down and never got back up.

The APD acknowledges that the case is under review. Until that review takes place, the officer who shot Cisco, Officer Thomas Griffin, remains on duty. That’s not going over well with dog lovers who would prefer to see him suspended pending the outcome of the review: in a press conference Monday, an APD spokesperson said the department has been flooded with hate calls.

269 thoughts on “Police Report to Wrong Address, Shoot Friendly Dog”

  1. I am a big supporter of law enforcement but this shoot first mentality when it comes to dogs has to stop. My miniature pincher loves people and loves to sniff everyone she meets.

    Dogs can tell how their owner is feeling including sense anxiety. This guy is minding his own business, doing nothing wrong and he now has a cop pointing a gun at him. His dog could sense this.

    Suspend this cop for a few months WITHOUT pay.

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    • AND charge the cop with animal cruelty. I would sue the hell out of the police department. Maybe a few lawsuits will help to stop this “shoot first” mentality. My heart just aches for Michael Paxton. Blessings to sweet Cisco on his journey.

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    • It’s not just a matter of suspending him with or without pay until the APD makes a ruling. This cop fired at a dog playing Frisbee with it’s owner for no good valid reason.

      What if it had been another person or a kid?

      He jumped the gun too soon, and it shows he does not have clear thinking or correct judgment in his choices. This man should not be a cop.

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    • Dont suspend him…..FIRE HIM. HE TOOK A LIFE …HE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE AND SHOULD HAVE TO PAY JUST AS YOU OR i WOULD HAVE TO PAY…IF IT WERE MY DOG OR CHILD OR BROTHER OR SISTER HE SHOT THIS WAY…I WOULD DEMAND PRISON TERM…TRIGGER HAPPY COPS …THEY NEED TO FIND THE OLD TIMERS AND LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE AND SOCIETY. TODAY THEY ARE JUST A BUNCH OF CREEPS…WHO WOULD WANT TO CALL A COP TO SERVE AND PROTECT…BAHAHAHAHA THEY ARE ALL A BUNCH OF POWER HAPPY TRIGGERS. I SAY FIRE HIM AND MADE HIM THE EXAMPLE…WE THE PEOPLE WHO PAY TAXES ARENT GONNA TAKE THIS ANYMORE. THIS IS JUST WRONG LET ALONE A G A I N S T THE L A W.

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  2. If this had happened to my baby girl, I am certain a successful lawsuit is about the only thing that would keep me from shooting up the police station myself. The lawsuit wouldn’t fix things, but it I would want them to hurt, really hurt, and it might be enough to keep me from doing something illegal.

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    • I feel I would do something illegal I would go after that gun happy so and so and make him dam well suffer ,I am so mad and Cisco is not mine I feel so sad for the Family.

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  3. WHY are there so many stories like this lately?! This has to stop and this officer should be suspended without pay and charged with animal cruelty. This whole situation is ridiculous! Also, what gives the cop the right to barge into someone’s yard, brandishing his firearm, and yelling directions before confirming that this was the suspect. That’s just not correct protocol!

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    • Agreed! And, in this case, it was an argument between a man and woman that caused the cop to come out in the first place. What about a man playing with his dog translates to fighting man and woman???

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  4. I am so deeply saddened for Cisco and Michael Paxton.

    This should never have happened. I have to wonder with all this law enforcement “shoot now get the facts later” policy that seems to be constantly in the news, if officers are even trained in peaceful conflict resolution anymore. They are so trigger happy that they elect to use their guns as their first line defense. And they wonder why public support has been waining in recent years.

    I am sorry, but any officer that can’t even compare the details of the call they are responding to with the actual details at the scene, to make sure they have it right, should not be on the force.

    This story reeks with incompetence and if the police station thinks they can replace Cisco with some settlement and make it all go away they are sadly mistaken. The animal loving community should stand in solidarity with Michael Paxton and demand justice! It could just as easily have been any one of us and our beloved dogs who had been subjected to this tragedy.

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  5. I had an officer draw his weapon on my Service Dog who was also in his own yard, and not even barking. The only reason they were even here is they wanted to know if I saw a suspect they were chasing run the neighborhood.
    The dog was not barking but the officer was yelling. Not good.

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  6. I’d be afraid of power-hungry trigger-happy cops. If an officer can shoot someone who they ‘think’ is pointing a gun at them, why can they immediately aim at someone themselves without question. I’d love a low-tolerance policy, don’t aim a gun unless you thin your life is in immediate danger. Pull out the pepper spray or tazer and hold it if you’re that much of a jumpy wimp. Immediate firing and jail time should be the answer to ANYONE who not only shoots but KILLs a human or domestic pet that did not first do damage. You can’t take back DEATH, you ended the life of that creature. What a moron.

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  7. Austin Texas is one messed up city. I know because I used to live there. There is a big drug problem and the cops treat everyone like they are strung out students. I hope that the cop is fired and that a large settlement is reached. I know that Cisco will not be replaced but the cops will be punished and held accountable and maybe they will think twice before killing an innocent animal with its owner in its own yard.

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    • Here is the response that I got this morning to an e-mail about Cisco:
      “Thank you for your e-mail. We aren’t ignoring the tragic death of Cisco the dog. We are conducting a comprehensive review of the incident to include the officer’s actions, as well as our protocols/training and will report our findings to Mr. Paxton and the community we serve. On April 6, 2012, Good Friday, an Austin Police Officer was gunned down and murdered when he responded to a call of a “disturbance” at a Wal-Mart. This death had a profound impact on our officers, and part of our current on-going reviewing is what impact, if any, did this recent tragedy have on our officer in terms of how he approached this incident and how he responded: Did hyper-vigilance play a roll, are our training, response protocols and policy best practices, what did the responding officer do right, what did he do wrong, what corrective action, if any is warranted, and what are the lessons learned. These are a lot of questions that have to be thoroughly explored and we can not allow a mob mentality to influence our follow-up in this matter.

      Again, all of these issues are being reviewed and our findings will be released. I am confident that as a result of Cisco’s death, some positive outcomes will result which will make it safer for our officers, the community we serve, and the pets we all love.

      I have personally spoken to Mr. Paxton on more than one occasion and I publicly and privately expressed my condolences and apologized to him for the loss of his companion.

      Please give us time to conduct a thorough and thoughtful review.

      Sincerely,

      ART ACEVEDO
      Chief of Police
      Austin Police Department”

      I hope that something positive does come from this. I don’t like that the cops are being affected by the death on Good Friday. I hope that they will be careful.

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