TULSA - A couple says an off-duty police officer shot and killed their dog, and they plan to file a formal complaint with TPD's Internal Affairs Division.
The incident began around 5:00 p.m. Thursday near 21st and Sheridan Road.
Sarah Slane tells KRMG her boyfriend's dog, Titus, had just been let outside and had gotten out of the yard when moments later she heard sounds which she didn't realize at first was gunfire.
She went outside and found the Titus lying on a neighbor's yard, dead.
Neighbors told her they saw Titus approach a couple who was walking a dog, and apparently the man - an off-duty police officer - felt threatened.
One of them, who witnessed the incident with his five-year-old granddaughter, said Titus "trotted up" and began sniffing the officer's dog.
That's when the man drew his weapon.
"He reached for his pistol, leaned over, and shot Titus point blank in his neck. And then as he falls to the ground, flipping around, he leaned down and shot him again in the head, kicked him to see if he was dead, he wasn't, so then he shot him again in the side."
She says another officer who responded told her that if it had been a private citizen who had opened fire on her dog, he would have probably made an arrest.
But a TPD spokesman told KRMG that because the officer was off duty and did not use his deparment-issued weapon, the case would be treated as if he was any private citizen.
Slane says they plan to file a formal complaint with IA; they also plan to dispute a $75 dollar citation they were given for having a dog at large.