LIBERTY HILL, Texas (KXAN) - Some neighbors in Williamson County said a Leander police officer crossed the line when he shot their dog.
James Simmons said he and his family were home Monday afternoon when he heard several shots out in front of his home in the 7000 block of FM 3405 in Liberty Hill.
Officer Woodson Blase fired those shots when dogs came running toward him while he was searching for someone with an outstanding warrant, the Department said. Yet, the homeowners said Blase had the wrong address.
Leander police said Blase got to the home about 4:45 p.m. and knocked on the door twice, but no one answered.
As he walked around to the back of the home, two dogs approached in an "aggressive manner," and Blase yelled for them to get back, according to a statement from the police department. Fearing for his safety, Blase fired three shots -- hurting the leading dog and stopping the dogs from going any further.
"Vinnie is my best friend," Simmons said. "I've had him since a pup; it was devastating."
His wife, Renata, remembers rushing to shelter her grandchildren after hearing the shots.
"All of the sudden, out of nowhere, I hear three shots in front of my yard," she said. "I could tell they were close. I jumped up. I ran out. I was panicking."
Blase was reportedly trying to serve a warrant in a large lot with several homes near each other.
"He approached the house closest to the highway and knocked on that door, and it just happened the person he was looking for was not at that residence," said LPD Lt. Derral Partin.
"It's under administrative review," he added. "[We'll] make sure all policies were followed, no laws were violated, if there's any training that needs to be looked at."
LPD officials said police are trained to use judgment when approached by what they call "charging dogs."
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