Purcell police officer under investigation after allegedly shooting neighbor’s dog

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PURCELL, Okla. - A Purcell police officer is under investigation after accusations he shot a dog with his service weapon, leaving  a family pet bloodied and injured.

"It caught this leg, and hopefully if I can keep the infection out of his joint, he won't lose his paw,” the dog’s owner said.

Champion is recovering from a gunshot wound on his foot, where he was allegedly shot by a Purcell police officer.


"They said that he fell over on his motorcycle and that he had shot my dog, Champion,” the dog's owner said.

The officer lives nearby and has been known to complain about the dog running out into the road, but witnesses say that wasn't this case this time.

"He fell over and then he took his gun and then shot twice,” Champion’s owner said.

A sheriff's report states the officer had slurred speech and deputies could smell a strong odor of alcohol.

It also stated the officer used his police issued gun to fire one shot into the ground and another shot at Champion.

Deputies believe the officer was intoxicated.

"They heard two shots and then the dog yelped,” the owner said.

According to the report, the officer was not arrested and authorities took the officer's patrol car that he drove back from the scene.

As authorities work to find out what happened, Champion is working to heal and hopefully not lose his paw.

Champion's injury
Champion's injury

"I was sick when I thought he'd blown his leg off,” Champion’s owner said.

NewsChannel 4 contacted the Purcell Police Department, but they referred us to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

OSBI is investigating the matter.

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