Thursday, October 26, 2006

Dog Shot To Death By Off-Duty Chicago Officer

Officer Was Jogging When He Says Dog Followed, Tried To Attack Him

Mike Parker Reporting

The owner of a dog that was shot and killed by an off-duty Chicago police officer is distraught Tuesday.

He told CBS 2's Mike Parker the dog was harmless, and didn't deserve to be gunned down.

There's a candle burning in David Pino's dining room, a little memorial to his dog Capone, a 2-year-old boxer who was shot to death by an off-duty Chicago police officer last Friday.

"I don't know what to do. I do miss my dog," said David Pino, the dog's owner.

Pino says Capone had been his constant companion since the retired police detention officer lost his leg to diabetes. Then, Friday morning, the dog escaped from the back yard. A block and a half away, the off-duty officer who was jogging encountered the dog and shot him a number of times.

The officer told investigators Capone began chasing him and attempted to attack him. The initial police report quoted the officer as saying he fired 12 rounds at the dog.

Photos taken by the Pino family at the scene show at least nine evidence flags marking spent shells on the street.

Diagrams by the veterinarian who examined Capone suggest eight slugs hit the dog.

Tuesday a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department told CBS 2 only five shots were fired, and that "if the dog is attacking, that would be an appropriate use of force."

One of Pino's daughters described Capone as a dog too timid to attack anybody.

"He would actually run in the house when he would see a rabbit in the backyard," said Kristina Pino.

"He wasn't just a dog. He was like my son, a part of my family and I miss him very much," said David Pino.

David Pino doesn't know exactly what happened on that Northwest Side street corner Friday. He just can't help thinking something wasn't right. He's hoping a security camera at a candy factory across the street might provide some answers. Pino says he is going to get a lawyer.

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