An 11-year-old boy was hit by shrapnel Tuesday when a sheriff’s deputy shot at the family dog.
The officer claimed the German Shepard moved “in a threatening manner” after the child opened the door for the officer, reported The San Bernardino Sun.
In the past, a federal court has ruled that police can shoot your pet if it simply moves or barks, so ANY movement can be considered “threatening” to an officer.
According to a press release from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s office, the deputy from the Victor Valley sheriff’s station responded to a disturbance call at a home in the 15000 block of Tournament Drive in Helendale around 9 p.m.
The deputy allegedly stepped back initially, but then pulled his gun and fired, grazing the animal’s side and paw.
Then a bullet ricocheted off the cement of the front porch and house, hitting the 11-year-old in his left leg.
The child was treated by paramedics and did not go to the hospital. The dog was taken to the vet and it is expected to recover.
It is unclear if there is body camera video of the incident, but investigators from the Specialized Investigations Division are conducting the investigation.
Authorities did not specify if the deputy was placed on leave.