The Austin Police Department would like to formally address a recent incident during which an APD officer shot and killed a dog while responding to a domestic disturbance call to an incorrect address provided to 9-1-1.
On Saturday, April 14, 2012, Officer Thomas Griffin was dispatched to a domestic disturbance call at 4:42 p.m. and was provided the address of 2613 E. 5th Street. The caller was a witness to a domestic disturbance between a female and an intoxicated male subject. Upon arrival at 4:45 p.m., Officer Griffin approached the property and encountered a male subject, Michael Paxton, who was asked to raise his hands up. Afterward, Mr. Paxton’s dog Cisco, a blue heeler, came toward Officer Griffin from the backyard while barking in an aggressive manner. Officer Griffin fired a single round from his service weapon, striking the dog.
The Austin Police Department will look at the circumstances that led up to this event in their entirety. As is customary following all critical incidents, APD will be reviewing what was done right and what was done wrong so that we may incorporate any lessons learned.
We at the Austin Police Department are saddened by the fact that Mr. Paxton had to witness the death of his dog and our hearts do go out to him. The APD considers itself to be an animal-friendly Department and we understand that his pain is very real.
We do apologize to Mr. Paxton and would like to express our condolences after the loss of his best friend Cisco.