ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A Round Rock family is coming to grips with the fact that they’ll never see their dog again. Officers shot and killed the Rottweiler Friday morning as they investigated an alarm call at the family’s home on the 1700 block of Parkside Circle.
“He was a gift to me,” said the dog’s owner, Hope Lane. “He was my gift everyday to this day. I have fond memories of him that I’ll never forget.”
On Friday afternoon, she waited at the Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center to say goodbye to her dog, Bullet.
When veterinarian employees brought out the dog’s body, Lane said her final goodbye, “He’s going to doggy heaven, honey. Your daddy’s going to miss you.”
Bullet was just 8-weeks-old when the Lane’s brought him home, and 8 years old when he was killed.
The officers were at the home to check out an alarm call when they found the front door propped open. They announced themselves as officers and entered the home. The Round Rock officers were going room to checking the house when they encountered the 120 pound canine in a back bedroom.
Russell Lane, Hope’s husband, spoke with police after they incident.
Russell later walked KXAN through his home and mapped out what happened.
“They said they came in and said ‘Round Rock Police, Round Rock Police,’ they said they cleared this room, they cleared this room. My dog still hadn’t moved at that time, because he’s a real gentle dog,” Russel said. “They said they got here and one officer turned and looked to this room he looked this way and my dog was standing up on the futon…and they said at that time he jumped off the futon and they shot him seven, they shot him seven times, hitting him five times. But ironically, if they shot him here, there’s two bullet holes at the bottom of the baseboard where he usually lays.”
According to Russell, police cleaned the scene of all the blood and bullet casings. When he arrived at home, the only thing left behind were bullet holes.
“They basically came in the house and murdered my dog,” said Russell.
Round Rock Police commander Jim Stuart said the dog was barking and growling before lunging at an officer.
One of the officers fired a single shot; the second officer fired six rounds. Stuart said the dog kept coming at them after being shot the first time.
“I need for those officers to have repercussion,” Russell said. “They made for the decision to kill my best friend in his bedroom while he was laying down.”
“I wish someone would say this is a bad dream and say, ‘wake up Hope,'” she said.
“Seven shots fired in my house, I don’t understand it.” Russell added.
Russell and Hope say they want action taken so that no other family has to go through something like this.
Round Rock Police officials declined an on camera interview. They say officers are trained to shoot and defend themselves to stop the threat. The family was told by police officials that a full investigation will be launched in the case.