November 8, 2014
According to a November 7 report by Click2Houston.com, a Texas dog is in serious condition after allegedly being shot by an off-duty deputy constable.
Buster, a 2-year-old Rottweiler/boxer mix known to his family as “Mr. Wiggles” was shot in Atascocita Thursday night by Harris County Sheriff’s Constable Precinct 3 Deputy Constable Timothy Edmonds. Officer Edmonds says Buster was acting in a threatening manner after escaping the yard of his owner, Gregory Campbell.
Deputy Edmonds, a neighbor to Campbell, who was walking his own dog at the time of the attack, pulled his weapon and fired one bullet into Buster. The round entered through Buster’s shoulder, barely missing his heart, before exiting his right side.
Now Gregory is questioning the report made by the deputy. In an interview with Click2Houston, Gregory stated
“I heard the gunshot, I heard the yelp. I never heard anyone yelling, any barking, any growling or any kind of commotion prior to that.”
This differs from Deputy Edmonds version, who stated in an incident report that he drew his weapon and yelled at Buster before discharging his weapon.
Atascazoo Animal Hospital is caring for Buster, where the major concern at this time is fluid that’s building up. Buster’s being treated with fluids and pain medication. All the Campbell family can do is hope Buster recovers.
The Harris County Constable Precinct 3 is investigating the incident into their officer, while Precinct 4 conducts the official investigation.
A list of contacts for Harris County Constable Precinct 4 can be found here.