July 11, 2013
A Houston off-duty police officer who shot and killed a family dog on July 5 has been cleared of any wrongdoing and will not face disciplinary actions, reported a July 10 report by Click2Houston.
It was determined by the Houston Police Department Senior Office Mark Condon has been cleared after an investigation by the HPD Internal Affairs, as well as the Precinct 4 Constables Office. Condon had previously given a statement to Eyewitness News, where he described the attack of a boxer named Gunner.
“At the time of the incident, my wife and I were outside walking our dogs when a neighbor’s dog, a boxer, apparently got out of their backyard as we passed their house. The dog charged us and attacked me, my wife and one of our dogs. All three of us sustained injuries from the attack, which were documented by the Precinct 4 Constables’ Office. I felt that I had no choice but the shoot the other dog to stop the attack. There were no children around when I fired the shot, and it was not in the direction of any people or houses.”
Gunner’s owners, Kevin and Kimberly Fitzhenry, as well as their 12-year-old son Dalton still insist Gunner did nothing more than go over and smell or and lick a dog belonging to the Condon’s.
They believe the officer should admit responsibility for shooting Gunner as the dog was following the Fitzhenry children and a neighborhood friend back to the dogs back yard.
This incident has left Dalton not only saddened but very confused on why a police officer is saying his dog attacked the officer’s family. Dalton and two other children were only yards away when Officer Condon shot Gunner at point blank range. The family dog died with his family holding him on the way to the vet.
The Precinct 4 Harris County Constable’s Office made the announcement July 10, saying Officer Mark Condon has been cleared and the case is now considered closed.