WHEELING, W.Va. – More than two weeks after a police officer shot and killed its dog, a family remains outraged.
While police continue to investigate exactly what happened on a street in East Wheeling a few weeks ago, where a German Shepherd was shot and killed by a Wheeling police officer, protestors said they won't stop making a stand for justice until they see that officer removed from his position.
“We have over 3,000 signatures that have signed the petition for Officer (Kyle) Mull to be removed from the police department,” protester Tisha Terry said.
As more people visit change.org to sign that petition for Shadow, the family that owned the German Shepherd protested in front of the City County Building holding up signs Monday.
The dog was allegedly deemed vicious by the city in April 2013, but people who knew the dog say he was harmless.
The dog was shot and killed when police said they were flagged down by a person who reported they were being chased in an aggressive manner by the dog. The owners claim their dog was never aggressive.
“Part of my family is laying on the ground with two bullets in his head for no reason,” dog owner Donna Terry said. “That dog has never bit anybody. It was 5 years old. I've trained German Shepherds for 30 years."
The police officer who shot the dog also has protestors questioning his Twitter updates, pointing out to one that said, “i really wish it wasn’t frowned upon to kill your dog.”
Wheeling Police Department officials said they are thoroughly investigating the incident in a process they call the Officer of Professional Standards Review
“We take it seriously,” Wheeling Police Department Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said. “We hope to learn from incidents like this so I'm just waiting to see what the final outcome is."
In the meantime, police said their investigation is almost complete. We’ll be sure to bring you the latest as this story continues to unfold.