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Arkansas deputy sheriff fired after shooting, wounding dog

January 7, 2019

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas sheriff has fired a deputy who shot a small dog in a residential neighborhood.

Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals says in a Facebook post that he found no evidence the deputy violated a law or policy when he shot the Chihuahua on Friday near Conway. But the sheriff says the deputy “fell short” of serving and protecting residents.

Ryals says a report on the shooting will be given to prosecutors for review.

In home security video, the deputy is heard asking a resident to step to the street to talk. The resident refuses, and the deputy begins walking forward. A gunshot can be heard, and the dog is later seen writhing on the ground.

Officials say the dog was shot in the face and is now under veterinary care.

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