And here they are, shooting innocent dogs again.
Escambia County deputies climbed through the window of a Warrington couple’s home in search of a suspect, despite having no search warrant, and shot two dogs, one of which died.
Cristina Moses, 32, and her fiance, Travis Nicholas, 22, on Tuesday recounted what they said was a horrific scene that included one of about a half-dozen deputies shooting the dogs in the couple’s bedroom after awakening the couple at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and dragging them to the hallway.
Moses’ 13-month-old blue pit bull, Gracie, was euthanized early Monday because of the gunshots, Moses said. Her other dog, a 3-year-old bulldog mix named Rocky, was shot in the leg but is recovering at the couple’s home.
On Tuesday, the couple said they had barely slept or eaten and had not attempted to clean up the bed and several rooms of the home that are spattered with blood from both dogs.
Neither Moses nor Nicholas had been arrested as of Tuesday night in the incident.
The Sheriff’s Office provided limited information and said an investigation is continuing.
A sheriff’s news release stated that deputies believed that a suspect in an armed disturbance earlier in the evening on the couple’s street, Flynn Drive near Corry Station, frequented the home where Moses and Nicholas lived.
Several witnesses reported a man toting a gun and threatening people during the evening, according to an incident report. One witness reported the man’s name as Travis.
Nicholas denied that he either had a gun or made any threats.
While checking the perimeter of the home, deputies found an upside-down bucket with a footprint on it beneath an open window, indicating a possible unlawful entry into the home, the release says.
“Repeated attempts were made to get someone to open the door, with no success,” the release states. “Deputies entered the house through the open window in an effort to locate the suspect and to assure the safety of the occupants.”
How many deputies came in through the window is not clear.
Under the law, officers can enter a house without a search warrant, or under so-called exigent circumstances, only if they think people are in imminent danger, evidence faces immediate destruction or a suspect will escape.
Better make sure all your windows are closed or else the cops might think there's someone in your house and come in to try to save you. In the process of protecting you from someone who isn't there they'll shoot your dogs.