Tuesday, August 26 2014, 07:50 AM EDT
Deputy Accused of Shooting Dog Unnecessarily
A family dog is recovering Friday evening after its family said it was shot by a Hamilton County deputy for no reason.
The deputy arrived at the Couey home Tuesday morning in response to a family in distress call.
Raymond Couey said when the deputy arrived, the family argument had already been resolved.
And that before any words were exchanged the deputy got out of the car with his gun drawn.
opened his door, and my dog was about three feet in front of me," Couey
said. "He pointed the gun straight at me, dropped it down to the dog
The deputy hit the 7-month-old lab-boxer mix, named Tojo in the chest, near the shoulder.
the gun went off and fire came out of it. I didn't know if he'd shot
the dog or my husband," said Alice, Raymond Couey's wife.
with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department released a statement
Friday that said the deputy was "confronted by a dog running towards him
in an aggressive manner."
But, the Couey's disagree.
"The dog was not barking," said Raymond Couey. "He was wiggling his tail standing in front of me."
The internal affairs division is conducting an investigative review, which is currently on-going.
The Sheriff's Department is also covering all the medical bills.