Arkansas deputy Keenan Wallace was officially “relieved of his duties” upon review of a video that appears to show him firing a bullet into pesky chihuahua.
Wallace, a K-9 handler with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department, was responding to a call regarding an aggressive dog in Conway, Ark., on Jan. 4.
In the shocking footage viewable at KATV, the Little Rock ABC affiliate, Reeses the dog (above) is seen pestering the approaching deputy, who seemingly pulls his service sidearm and fires a single shot that pierced the dogs face just under its right eye.
Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals fired Deputy Wallace following an investigation, but stated that the deputy violated no state law or agency policy in the incident, which he referred to the prosecuting attorney’s office for review.
Reeses suffered a broken jaw and other injuries from the shooting, and a gofundme page for his continuing medical care quickly raised more than $14,000.
Noting his belief that there had been “numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident,” Sheriff Ryals promised in his official statement that his office “will keep Reeses in our thoughts through the recovery process.”