MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A woman in north Minneapolis says a city police officer responding to a home burglary alarm Saturday night shot her two dogs.
Jennifer LeMay posted home surveillance video of the shooting to Facebook, showing what looks to be a Minneapolis police officer firing his gun at two approaching pit bulls in a fenced-in backyard.READ MORE: Election Questions: How Are Ballots Counted? How Do Campaigns Get Our Phone Numbers?
After firing, the officer is then seen jumping over the backyard fence.
WARNING: The video is graphic.
LeMay says the officer shot one of her dogs in the face and another dog multiple times. Both animals are expected to survive, although the dog that was shot in the face suffered a broken jaw.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: State Plan To Vaccinate Kids 5-11 For COVID-19 Includes 1,100+ Health Providers, In-School Vax Clinics
LeMay says both of the dogs are service animals. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for veterinary bills.
Police responded to her home on the city’s north side after LeMay says her burglary alarm was accidentally tripped by her daughter. The 13-year-old girl then witnessed the shooting.
LeMay believes her home surveillance video shows that the dogs were not aggressive or charging the officer. She also questions why the officer jumped the fence to get in her yard.
Minneapolis police released a statement on the shooting Sunday, saying that the department is aware of the shooting.
“Anytime an officer discharges their firearm in the line of duty there is an investigation that is completed by the Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit,” the statement said. “We are in the process of reviewing the video posted online, as well as the officer’s body camera video.”MORE NEWS: St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell Won’t Seek 2nd Term In June: 'This Isn’t Goodbye'
Police say they have reached out to LeMay.