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October 30, 2014

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Metro conducting internal investigation into dog shooting

Dog shot, killed

A Metro Police sergeant continues his work on the force pending an investigation into his fatal shooting of a dog Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The dog’s death came amid a gunfire investigation in the 100 block of South 16th Street, police said. The sergeant, identified as 42-year-old William Wilson, heard yelling or moaning in a backyard after a gunshot, police said.

Wilson had been investigating a disturbance call shortly before 2 p.m. on nearby Earl Street when he heard the gunshot, police said.

Wilson entered the backyard to investigate and a “large pit-bull type dog” ran toward him, prompting the sergeant to fire one round from his handgun, police said. The bullet struck and killed the dog.

No one else was in the backyard, police said. Authorities, however, recovered a shell casing of a caliber that did not match the single shot fired by Wilson.

Wilson, who has worked for Metro since March 1997, remains on full duty in the Downtown Area Command pending the outcome of an internal review, police said.

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  1. Earlier reports did not say there was yelling or moaning in the backyard. Is this story becoming longer because of a fabricated report to protect the police? If the officer says he heard yelling or moaning he should be able to distinguish the difference. Unless he is hard of hearing. And if he heard a gun shot and then the yelling or moaning he should have called for backup and not entered that area by himself. This really needs to be under investigation.

  2. So did he ever find who was yelling or moaning and why they were?
    I'm lead to believe that the gunshot that the officer heard was not the gunshot that prompted the investigation, So there were at least three gunshots right? One of which killed the dog.
    I think that's what I read in the story!

  3. Isn't it curious about how many dogs get shot? Or is this yet another just-in-case killing?

  4. This should be a real short investigation. I'm into animals and pets but I've had enough run-ins with "pets" that were all but foaming at the mouth--I like to walk. Today I saw two coyotes hunting in the neighborhood--about 1/4 mile from a highway, about 1/2 miles from my home--in a subdivision. I've emailed City staffers that coyotes seemed to be nesting near a vacant house....now I'm sure of it.

  5. Check out the AP story at this site--4 dead bodies recovered in park in Mexico City--killed by wild dogs. Dogs are great and assist protection but if they are lose, even in your back yard, the owner is responsible for the dogs attacks--even if the Cop entered your back yard for no reason.

  6. Another hackneyed response from our resident expert...

    'down in Mexico City'...

    'they mighta been Coyotes!'

    Good Grief, Charlie Brown...

  7. Roselenda:
    Remember: Humans are infringing on the animals' space. The animals were there first. Everyone who lives in Vegas knows this. Maybe those coyotes were hungry. Just keep all small pets and kids inside!!

    I remember when I lived in Vegas I would get a kick out of the stories about the hoi poloi living in those gated communities in Summerlin near the mountains and how their little yappy dogs would disappear - probably ending up as "lunch" for some feral animal ie coyote, mountain lion. How those hoi polois would scream and yell to the County to do something about it. Loved that the County woud just tell them: the animals were there first; keep your pets inside.

  8. This story is missing something. Bad reporting without all the facts? Metro not saying everything? Who knows.

    <<So did he ever find who was yelling or moaning and why they were?>>

    Really....

    There is just a dog in the yard? And he shoots it? Why?

  9. The coyotes have infringed. A few years ago one attacked a woman IN HERE GARAGE and ripped open her abdomen--hungry. I think some are looking for water--water left out for dogs. My neighborhood has very few outside dogs--the coyotes get them sooner or later.

  10. <<@Roselenda,
    You know coyotes rarely weigh more than 35lbs? I have not seen any evidence of any of the stories you are posting>>

    I agree with tigermike. All the years I lived out there never heard one story of a coyote or mountain lion attacking a human. Animals will not attack a human unless they feel threatened or their offspring are threatened. The sad thing is the area is now so built up, it has messed with nature. There is no place for the animals to go and they end up roaming thru neighborhoods which were once where they lived and hunted. Also, there is not enough other wildlife for these animals to feed their families or themselves with so dogs and cats are fair game. I know that sounds gross, but that keeps the balance in nature. I live in an area that has large wooded areas with ravines. My apartment complex is surrounded by two of these wooded ravine areas where a whole menagerie of animals live: deer, racoons, foxes, possums, an yes a coyote or two. Oh, and feral cats as big as dogs!! These animals are very used to humans and I constantly see the deer and racoons meander thru while I sit on my patio in the morning with my coffee. They just look and keep walking. There is a joke around here the racoons are "domesticated" to the point they will knock on your door begging for food!! Everyone knows not to bother these animals or they WILL attack. So you let them do their own thing and stay clear of them. And keep your garage doors closed!!