RRPD officers acted in “reasonable manner” when shooting dog

Bullet was shot and killed by two Round Rock police officers in 2014. (Courtesy: Lane family)
Bullet was shot and killed by two Round Rock police officers in 2014. (Courtesy: Lane family)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Five days after a Round Rock family’s dog was shot and killed by two Round Rock police officers, the Round Rock Police Department has determined its officers acted appropriately.

On Friday, May 30, officers responded to the Lane’s family home in the 1700 block of Parkside Circle for an alarm call.

When they arrived at the home, they found the front door propped open and proceeded to enter the home. As the officers were checking the home, they came across Bullet, the family’s 120 pound Rotteweiler, in a back bedroom.

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 and the second officer fired six rounds. Stuart said the dog kept coming at them after being shot the first time.

On Wednesday, RRPD’s command staff reviewed the information in the case and determined the officers involved in the shooting  “acted in a reasonable manner and followed proper department protocol.”

RRPD said they are also working on additional training, purchasing equipment and reviewing current policies in dealing with aggressive animals.

All commissioned police officers are currently going through the training. The department said they will continue to review their processes to ensure the safety of its officers as well as animals they encounter.

The owners of Bullet, Russel and Hope, were hoping for some type of action from the department.

“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.”

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