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Police shoot pet as they notify family of son's homicide
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http://www.newsadvance.com/news/state/ar...f6878.html

Bill McKelway / Richmond Times-Dispatch

A bereft Henrico County family says its son died near Cool Lane, robbed of his life and $15.

"He'd taken the bus up to my place to borrow the money last night; he just wanted a video or something," said Henry Hamiel.
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Hamiel's nephew, Ricky Ellerbe, 33, turned up shot to death hours later, about eight blocks from his home and just yards from the all-night convenience store on Mechanicsville Turnpike that had been his destination.

"He probably had been out there dead all night," said Ellerbe's mother, Nannie, sitting on the stoop of her home in the 2900 block of Fairfield Avenue.

"We called and called and called and no one answered," she said. Her cellphone and the few dollars Ricky Ellerbe carried may have been the only items taken from an apparent robbery, the family said.

Henrico investigators swarmed the area with forensics technicians and tracking dogs, but no arrest had been reported Wednesday night. Ellerbe was one of five children; a brother, Gary, died in 2010 from a heart attack, three years after he'd been repeatedly stabbed.

And in a horrific turn of events, a Henrico police officer shot and killed the Ellerbe family pitbull, Tiger, as it charged toward the officer off its leash.
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Well then, don't keep your pit bull off leash.

Although I still can't figure out where these cops are putting their tasers or pepper spray as a first resort against pets.
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RugerGirl;112183 Wrote:Although I still can't figure out where these cops are putting their tasers or pepper spray as a first resort against pets.

Me either. Although I think someone posted an article on here recently about how cops don't get trained as thoroughly on how to handle animals as the USPS does. It may be more of a training issue than anything else.
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You wouldn't be able to run as many people over with that car if it didn't drive as far. It should only have a 10 gallon fuel tank.
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LostCyborg;112214 Wrote:
RugerGirl;112183 Wrote:Although I still can't figure out where these cops are putting their tasers or pepper spray as a first resort against pets.

Me either. Although I think someone posted an article on here recently about how cops don't get trained as thoroughly on how to handle animals as the USPS does. It may be more of a training issue than anything else.


Yeah, but the USPS doesn't have a gun as an option....

Seems like at the very LEAST they should train the officers to use the taser first.....that should stop most if not all dogs...????
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More police officers are killed by bees than dogs. This shooting dogs shit is ridiculous.
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GregorOneEye;112221 Wrote:More police officers are killed by bees than dogs. This shooting dogs shit is ridiculous.

Well, duh! Do you know how hard it is to shoot a bee out of the air? Wink
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Agreed.

I remember reading something about USPS getting annual scary dog training and cops typically don't. Assuming that's true they definitely should get more training to handle the situation. I'd think cops are just as likely as a postal worker to run into a problem animal.

An animal charging you, even with the perceived intent to kill is not the same threat as a 2 legged creature with the intent to kill. A dog is doing what is instinctual and in many cases what it is trained to do. They don't have reasoning skills like humans. I don't have a problem shooting a charging dog if that's all you have for defense, but cops have all those other options, that seem like they'd be just as effective as a bullet.

Its sad these folks lost multiple family members.
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You wouldn't be able to run as many people over with that car if it didn't drive as far. It should only have a 10 gallon fuel tank.
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Police need to change their motto from "To Protect and Serve" to "No dog must go un-shot"
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I would shoot a pit bull that was charging me.

Just saying.

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JustinHEMI;112320 Wrote:I would shoot a pit bull that was charging me.

Just saying.

Justin

I like dogs more than I like most people, but I agree with Justin on that. Imagine a 13 year old active shooter. Would you guys neutralize him? I would, but it is definitely not something I would be proud of, and I would probably be upset about it for a long time.

If you're a police officer and you have to get onto a person's property and their dog is barking at you from behind a fence, then sure, hit it with some OC. However if a dog is charging at you out in the open and his intent is to bite you, then shooting it might be the best/only option.
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