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MPD Still Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

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Things have settled down on Clearmont Street in midtown since Friday when a Mobile police officer fired shots killing Lynn and Mark Yeager's dog. Their other dog was injured and had to have surgery.

The officer entered through the Yeagers' gate looking for a suspect who had run away from police, Friday.

Lynn was standing at her kitchen window, and saw the whole thing unfold.

"I was standing right there and saw the officer standing like this and he fired two shots," says Lynn who acted out the officer pointed his gun at her pets.

Neighbors who saw and heard the chaos were shocked to hear about the shooting.

"I figured it was the bad guys that shot the dogs, but it was actually the good guys that shot her dogs, the police. That was the most surprising thing to me, that we didn't know we had to be scared of the good guys," says Andrew Blejwas, who lived two houses down from the Yeager's.

This isn't the first time an officer has fired what some may call "questionable shots." In fact, News 5 has learned Officer Kevin Kelly, who was recently involved in a shooting on Persimmon Street is the same officer who shot the Yeagers' dogs. The shootings have some raising eyebrows.

"I think that that was rash and dangerous, and people like that ought not to be able to be armed," says another neighbor, Emily Sommer.

Right now, Lynn says all she's asking for is an answer. She hasn't met with internal affairs yet, but the police chief did call to offer condolences to her family.

"It's hard to compensate anyone in any way when their pet dies, and I did feel like it was important to reach out to them and let them know that I understood that," says Chief Barber.

For now, Lynn and her husband will continue to take care of their second pet who is receiving around the clock care until the investigation is complete.

In the meantime, the Mobile Police Department released this statement Monday afternoon:

"On Friday, March 14, 2014, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Mobile Police officers responded to Murphy High School after the principal reported an on-campus intrusion by non-students. The principal reported it was unknown if the subjects were armed. In today's time, threats of this nature are taken very seriously by police. Officers on scene located and tried to detain the subjects, at which point the subjects fled, leading to a foot pursuit. Additional officers responded to the fresh pursuit when officers last saw the subjects entering residential backyards in an attempt to elude police.

As officers set up a perimeter in an effort to capture the subject, one officer entered the backyard of a residence where two dogs became aggressive towards the officer in an attempt to protect their territory. The officer defended himself by firing his weapon, striking both dogs. One dog was killed and the other injured.

Chief James Barber has reached out to the owners to express the Department's condolences and to try to address their loss. An internal investigation is ongoing to determine the events that led to the officer entering the yard. The investigation will include reviewing policy, procedure and training to handle this type of encounter in the future."

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