Arkansas Sheriff’s Deputy Fired After Being Caught On Video Shooting Chihuahua In The Face

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC VIDEO.

Deputy Keenan Wallace, a Faulkner County Arkansas police officer, was fired on Tuesday after a video surfaced of him shooting a chihuahua named Reeses in the face.

The graphic video quickly went viral.

The dog’s caretaker, Doug Canady, can be heard saying:

“I just recorded you shooting that dog in front of me, putting me in danger!”

To which Deputy Wallace replies:

“No I didn’t. The shot hit the dog, what I aimed at.”

Reeses and Oreo are two strays who had been abandoned by their previous owner. Canady and his daughter began to take care of them. The officer was responding to a call from a neighbor that stated that Reeses was being aggressive on her property. However, as the video shows, there was no outright aggression from either dog when the Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on the scene.

Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals posted this statement on Facebook.

Good Evening,Since taking office in 2017, I have been an advocate of integrity, professionalism and transparency. I…

Posted by Faulkner County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, January 5, 2019

The full text reads:

“Good Evening,”

“Since taking office in 2017, I have been an advocate of integrity, professionalism and transparency. I hold my Deputies to the highest of standards to protect and serve the residents of our community. Unfortunately, a Deputy fell short to those standards.”

“I was notified Friday of an incident involving Deputy Keenan Wallace. Deputy Wallace fired his service weapon that injured an animal while in close proximity to a citizen. I believe there were numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident.”

“Over the last 24 hours, at my request, Faulkner County Investigators have been working diligently to investigate whether Deputy Wallace violated any state law or our agency’s policies and procedures. While it appears no policies or laws were violated, I hold every employee within our agency to the highest of standards and will be forwarding the investigation to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further review.”

“As a result of the incident that occurred on January 4, 2019, in the Shiloh Estates Subdivision, Deputy Keenan Wallace has been relieved of his duties at the Faulkner County Sheriff’ Office.”

“We in Law Enforcement answer calls every day that require split second life and death decisions. We strive to be right 100 percent of the time.
Our Department is sadden about this incident and apologize for any distress and disappointment this incident has caused anyone who was affected by this disheartening event. We will keep Reeses in our thoughts through the recovery process.”

“Sincerely, Sheriff Tim Ryals”

Miraculously, Reeses survived the incident and escaped with only a broken jaw.

Canady has been updating us all with Reeses’ recovery.

Reeses on 1/7

Posted by Reeses Road to Recovery on Monday, January 7, 2019

 

People expressed immediate concern for the pup.

Others had thoughts about how the Sheriff’s Department should deal with Deputy Wallace.

And most were distraught over what happened.

We all wish Reeses a speedy recovery.

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