DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Three police officers executing a search and arrest on an individual wound up shooting the homeowner and fatally shooting the dog.
The only problem is that they were at the wrong house, and an innocent unarmed man and pet were needlessly shot.
The three officers are on administrative leave pending an investigation after responding to a report of a “suspicious individual” in DeKalb County area, when they showed up at the wrong house, shot the wrong man, and his dog.
The officers, who have been placed on administrative leave, claim they got the location wrong based on information they were given at the time, and it didn’t help that when they reached Chris McKinley’s home, his screen and back door were both unlocked.
When they found an unlocked screen and back door, they entered the home, only to be met by a barking dog and the homeowner. Chris McKinley, the homeowner, was shot as was the dog and one of the officers.
McKinley, who is white, has no idea why he or his dog were shot. All three police officers were Black. And it’s not the first time a similar incident has happened in the same county.
Dekalb Director of Public Safety Cedric Alexander had this to say about the horrible incident:
“Are we perfect?” DeKalb director of public safety Cedric Alexander said. “Absolutely not. But when we find a mistake, we own it. We own the fact that we were at the wrong house. We didn’t hide it. We didn’t mismanage it. We were at the wrong location based on information that was given to us.”
As for the report the officers were responding to, here’s what they were allegedly told via the 911 dispatcher, according to WSBTV:
Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Monday, three DeKalb County police officers were dispatched to a burglary call on Boulderwoods Drive, just off Bouldercrest Road, about a mile south of I-20. Derek Perez, the man who made the 911 call, wrote on Facebook that he’d told police about a possible burglar outside of “the farthest house at the end of the street.”
The officers, however, stopped at Chris and Leah McKinley’s home — the second house on the street — because it matched the “physical description” given, according to a release from the GBI.
The officers went to the rear of the home, onto the screened-in porch and through a “reportedly unlocked rear door,” the GBI said.
One of the officers, identified as Travis Jones, was also shot in the hip and is reportedly in serious, but stable condition. Though McKinley survived the attack, his dog has sadly passed away.