Neighborhood where pitbull was shotTwo pitbulls, Camryn and sister, Sierra, owned by Eric and Kevyn Allen, escaped from their McKinney, Texas yard about 10 am on Tuesday morning. Reports say that at one of the dogs, possibly Camryn, scared Tamra Chapman, while she was out walking and she was cornered against a tree.

The story gets a little murky after that. One witness says that neighbors, who knew the dogs, shooed then away from the woman and she either left or used her cellphone to call her husband, Jason Chapman, an off-duty police officer.

Witnesses say the next thing they knew and man pulls up in a car and calls the dogs over. Camryn, a 3-year-old tan pitbull, went trotting toward the man, tail wagging and that’s when the shooting started. Approximately six to seven shots rang out in the quiet residential neighborhood in the 8300 block of Cotton Ridge near Bennett Elementary on the west side of town.

Chapman says that the dog approached him aggressively which was why he shot him. He doesn’t seem to mention that he called the dogs.

“I saw the dog trotting toward him as if he was calling him,” Naoim Jones said. “He shot the dog at least six times. … It was totally excessive. [The dog] was not a threat.”

Naomi Jones was one of the witnesses at the scene who saw the shooting. She says that didn’t see the dogs corner Tamra Chapman but the she never felt threatened by the dogs.

“My dog is not the only dog that gets out,” said pet owner Kevyn Allen. “Why did he have to shoot my dog? Our whole family is beside itself. There was no reason to shoot Camryn. Was it because she was a pit bull? She was the nicest dog. She was great with kids and everyone. Our neighbors even said she was happy and wagging her tail when the man coaxed her over.”

Witnesses who saw the incident initially thought that Jason Chapman, the man who coaxed Camryn to him, was the dogs’ owner and the he was just retrieving the dogs. They were stunned when the shooting started.

Neighbors Gregory Jones and Naomi Jones called the police to report the shooting and gave the license plate number and that was when they found out that the shooter was on off-duty Dallas police officer. Several other neighbors also called to report the shooting in the residential area.

The following comments were posted with one of the news stories as someone witnesses the actual incident;

Posted by witness @ 9:24 AM Thu, Jan 08, 2009

I was the witness who saw him shoot this dog. What the article and the police did not release is that the cornering of his wife happened earlier that morning. She was not hurt, just scared. Later, her husband, the dallas police officer, hunted the dog down in his car and shot it while the dog was not being aggressive. In fact he came to the man wagging his tail. He shot the dog for revenge and it was the most horrible thing I have ever witnessed. If the media had released the whole story, I’m sure people would have a different view.

Posted by naomi @ 9:54 AM Thu, Jan 08, 2009

To Geezsomepeoplearestupid. Did you not read the post! WE WITNESSED WHAT HAPPENED!! THESE PEOPLE CAME DOWN OUR STREET IN THEIR CAR, COAXED THIS DOG INTO THE STREET AND SHOT IT COLD. THIS WOMAN WAS NOT ATTACKED, BITTEN OR HURT IN ANY WAY. HER WORDS ON THE POLICE REPORT WERE THAT SHE WAS “SCARED”. HER LOOSE CANNON HUSBAND GOT IN HIS CAR, HUNTED THIS DOG DOWN AND SHOT IT IN THE STREET NOT 30 FEET FROM THE DOGS OWN YARD. MAYBE YOU WOULD THINK DIFFERENTLY IF ONE OF THE 6 BULLETS HE FIRED INTO THE CONCRETE WOULD HAVE BOUNCED THROUGH SOMEONE’S WINDOW AND KILLED A CHILD OR ANYONE ELSE.

Posted by witness @ 9:42 PM Thu, Jan 08, 2009

Regardless of him coming to his wife’s rescue, or them hunting the dog down, when the officer got out of his car, it was with intent to kill that dog. The dog was across the street from the woman at the time he arrived. I saw the dog trotting over to the officer when he shot it. The dog was not coming at him in an aggressive manner, I witnessed this. I actually thought he was the dog’s owner and he had found the dog who was loose. He claims the dog charged him and he was afraid of being attacked, but if the dogs were SO aggressive and ready to attack, how did he have so much time to get there? The dogs never hurt anyone, they only scared her and that is because she had a dog, too. I don’t blame her for being scared to see 2 loose dogs, but for him to come to get her and get out of his car instead of calling animal control to handle the situation, was WRONG! He was not defending hisself or anyone else at the time of the shooting, that is the whole point! He used POOR judgement no matter what kind of person he is.

Chapman actually yelled at the Jones’ believing they were the dogs’ owners.

“He thought it was their dog,” Mrs. Allen said. “At first he said his wife was scared of the dog, and that’s why he killed our dog. But, if she was afraid of the dog, why didn’t they call Animal Control? You’re not just supposed to shoot someone’s family dog. He did not identify himself as a police officer. Our neighbors didn’t know who he was or what he was up to when he started shooting a handgun.”

Their other dog, Sierra, a red pitbull, was found shaking on a neighbor’s porch and was picked up by Animal Control.

McKinney police released the following statement regarding the shooting;

“Thus far, the investigation has yielded that Jason Chapman (white male, DOB 11/17/1983) shot and killed a pit-bull dog after the pit-bull and another dog cornered his wife, Tamra Chapman, near a tree while she was out walking. Tamra Chapman stated she was scared as she was screaming and crying during the incident. No charges are pending at this time. Mr. Chapman is an officer with the Dallas Police Department. Both the McKinney Police Department and the Dallas Police Department are investigating the incident.”

Neighbors are concerned and fearful after the shooting incident, worried about their pets and children and about the man, Jason Chapman, who did not identify himself as a police officer before he shot Camryn again and again in the residential neighborhood with people outside and in their yards.

Regardless of whether the woman went back and got her husband or called him and he drove to the area and called the dogs and shot one of them, there are quite a few questions and the biggest one is why didn’t they just call animal control?  Chapman was in a vehicle, the dogs were posing no danger at the time and were only about 30 feet from their own yard.  Sure, they shouldn’t have been out, there’s no question about that but unfortunately dogs do escape their yards.  Also, why did he feel the need to discharge his gun that many times, there is no way that cannot be looked at as anything but excessive. None of the other witnesses seem to have felt threatened or scared of the dogs but they are scared now, of the man with the gun, Jason Chapman.

Capt. Randy Roland of the McKinney Police Department said his department is investigating the incident as a case of discharging a firearm within city limits, a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500, not as animal cruelty.

Allen said she plans to file an internal affairs complaint with the Dallas Police Department against Chapman.

So, what are your thoughts… self-defense or malicious revenge because Chapman was pissed off that the dogs scared his wife?  I know what I think.

Pitbull Shot by Off-Duty Dallas Police Office – Self-Defense or Malicious Revenge?

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