AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is resting up Tuesday morning following a hospital visit due to chest pains.
Acevedo was taken to an area hospital Monday afternoon due to chest pains but is reportedly doing fine and is resting.
The hospital visit came on a day when social media was abuzz amid the shooting death of a man's dog at the hands of an Austin police officer.
Michael Paxton is mourning the loss of his dog after Officer Thomas Griffin mistakenly showed up on his property for a domestic disturbance call on Saturday. The officer shot and killed the dog because he felt threatened while responding to the call which was actually happening next door.
Austin police said the caller who phoned in the domestic disturbance gave the wrong address, and they apologized to Paxton for the mix-up and the death of his dog.
"(Griffin) is distraught about this," said APD Sgt. David Daniels.
Police officials said there is an internal review every time an officer's firearm is discharged. Griffin is still on duty, and the department would not answer questions about why a firearm was used initially in the domestic disturbance call instead of a stun gun.
"We are not going to second-guess our officer," said Daniels, who said officers can use force when they feel physically threatened by an animal.
Paxton and friends have set up a Facebook page that has more than 30,000 likes. However, he discouraged negative comments toward the officer.
Other recent stressors which may have affected the chief include the death and burial last week of one of his officers, Senior Officer Jaime Padron , killed while responding to a call in a North Austin Wal-Mart on Friday, April 6. The previous night, an Austin police officer responded to a call in East Austin and a citizen was shot and killed during a struggle between the officer and the suspect.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
The Austin City Council is set to vote Thursday on design changes for the Auditorium Shores Dog Park.
Bryce Petty threw touchdown passes on the first two drives of the second half for No. 9 Baylor and the Bears won their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.