This devastating photo tells the tragic story of a family dog, shot dead by a police officer as he pursued a robbery suspect on Sunday.
Monkey got caught up in the chaos of a foot pursuit along Hodges Street in Lake Charles, Louisiana as officers chased teens believed to have beaten a man in a mall parking lot before stealing his car which they then abandoned.
The dog was in a back yard on the street when she heard the commotion and ran out through an open gate.
One of the officers involved in the chase apparently thought that Monkey was attacking and opened fired on her.
Monkey’s distress owner, Delores Crochet, witnessed one of the shots being fired and said that neighbours told her of the three others.
‘He was shooting down like this,’ Crochet told kplctv.com, gesturing toward the ground.
‘Monkey wasn’t jumping on him or anything. Four times he shot and the bullet went in. She came and met me, walked over there and she laid down and that’s where she died.’
The heartbreaking photograph of Crochet sitting beside the slain dog was posted on social media websites and a petition has been launched calling for action to be taken against the officer who killed her.
Crochet’s son, Chris, told the news site there must have been an alternative to shooting her.
‘She had not ripped his clothes, she had not tried to bite him,’ he said, ‘and he shot her instead of trying to use pepper spray or some non lethal force.’
Deputy Lake Charles Police Chief Mark Kraus visited the family home to investigate what happened.
‘When the suspect left the gate open the owner’s dog came out of that opening, saw the policeman running through his yard and approached the policeman,’ he said.