CONWAY, Ark. – The Faulkner County Prosecutor’s Office has issued a statement on last week’s shooting of a dog by a sheriff’s deputy who was later fired.
“My office has received numerous e-mails, phone calls, and social media messages regarding an incident involving a former Sheriff’s Deputy shooting a small dog over the weekend. At this time, we have not received a criminal referral from the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office. To be clear, as with any criminal referral, once we receive the case file from law enforcement, we will conduct a thorough review of the evidence and make the appropriate charging decision based on the evidence and law,” reads the statement from Carol Crews.
“We will also complete the same process on any potential criminal referrals which have stemmed from this incident, including threats made to Sheriff’s Office dispatchers and threats made directly to the Sheriff’s Office, including a bomb threat on January 6th. I ask the public to be patient as we diligently and thoroughly handle any and all cases presented to this office for review in a manner that complies with the laws and procedures by which we are bound,” she continues.
In the incident that left the dog injured, the animal’s owner has said it happened after Deputy Keenan Wallace claimed the chihuahua tried to attack him.