MPD Officer Responding to Burglary Alarm Shoots 2 Dogs

July 09, 2017 10:51 PM

Minneapolis police are investigating after an officer responding to a burglary alarm shot two dogs in the backyard of a North Minneapolis home Saturday evening.

Both dogs survived, but one remained at an emergency veterinary clinic with serious injuries Sunday afternoon. The other needs jaw surgery.


The shooting occurred on the 3800 block of Queen Avenue North at Jennifer LeMay's home.

LeMay has two pit bulls named Ciroc and Rocko. She says they are physician-prescribed service animals for two of her children.

One of her kids accidentally set off the family's home security system at about 8:50 p.m. Saturday night. LeMay said that by 8:54 p.m., Xfinity deactivated the alert.  

At 9:15 p.m., LeMay said, officers from the Minneapolis Police Department can be seen on surveillance cameras approaching her home. One officer was in the front yard while a second officer went around the back of the home. That second officer can be seen jumping over a 7-foot privacy fence into LeMay's backyard.

The footage shows the officer looking around as one dog, Ciroc, runs out into the yard, followed by the second dog, Rocko.  The dogs appear on camera to be wagging their tails. The dogs stopped a few feet short of the officer, who drew his gun. The security camera rolled as one dog turned away and was shot before the second dog was shot multiple times.

Both dogs were seriously injured.

LeMay insisted no one knocked on the door or called numbers registered with the alarm company. 

The officer can be seen backing up after firing the shots. He then jumped back over the fence – which has two gates -- into the alleyway.  

LeMay said she had to rush Ciroc and Rocko to an emergency vet clinic. Ciroc suffered a broken jaw and needs surgery. Rocko received several bullet wounds, and his condition is uncertain.  

LeMay shared the video with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS on Sunday, breaking into tears as she talked about the shooting. She said she's furious that an officer jumped her fence 20 minutes after the alarm was canceled, came onto private property and injured her dogs.

"You're on my property, my house, unannounced, without permission," LeMay said. "This is animal cruelty. This is trespassing. and this is a complete violation." 

Minneapolis police released this statement Sunday:

We are aware of the recent incident involving MPD officers responding to an audible residential burglary alarm and while at this call an MPD officer discharged their firearm, striking two dogs belonging to the homeowner. 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 Affair Unit. We are in the process of reviewing the video posted online, as well as the officer's body camera video. We have reached out to the owner of the dogs and will continue to do so during the investigation. At this time there is no further information we can release.

LeMay says both dogs are facing surgeries, months of recovery and mounting medical bills. A GoFundMe page  has been set up to help cover veterinary care. 


Beth McDonough

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