Family dog killed in police mix-up

Family dog killed in police mix-up

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.,None — A homeowner was held at gunpoint and his family pet was killed in a mix-up involving a DeKalb County police call.

"When I ran to the garage and saw my dog laying there dead and I'm looking at blood, I lost it," Bobbie Currie said.

Around 9 p.m., a DeKalb officer went to her home on Silva Court in response to a domestic dispute call with a possibly armed person. The officer said the family's German shepherd lunged at him, so he killed the dog. The recently rescued animal was chained in the garage when the shooting happened.

Currie's husband, Anthony, said the officer also pointed his gun at him and told him to put his hands up.

"I said, 'Why [did] you shoot my dog?' And he said, 'Well, I'll blow your brains out.' I said, 'Hold on a minute, you just killed my dog. Why you want to blow my brains out? My hands are up.' I said, 'I don't have no gun,'" Anthony Currie said.

Later, Dekalb police sent another officer to the scene. The supervisor who showed up said an error was made by an officer who was trying to help someone else.

"Subsequent investigation determined that the actual address that he was looking for was actually across the street," DeKalb police Lt. Dane Cunningham said.

The first officer faces no disciplinary action, but he will have to go before the shooting review board and face an internal investigation.

The Curries said they don't like what happened but can understand it.

"Now that I know what he was dealing with and there's human error, I can understand why it happened," Bobbie Currie said.
She and her husband also said the incident should serve as a lesson to officers to double check the addresses they're responding to.