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CONWAY, Ark. – A graphic video appears to show a Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office deputy shooting a small dog when a dog owner refused to walk to the edge of the road to speak with him. The owner described it as retaliation.
Update: The officer has been fired.
WARNING: EXTREMELY UPSETTING CONTENT
It appears in the video the officer, Deputy Keenan Wallace, became frustrated with Doug Canady after asking him to come to the road being told no. Wallace threatened to shoot the dog, “Reese’s,” if the man didn’t do as the officer wished. Wallace almost immediately shoots the 9-pound dog when the defiant Canady refused his request (it was not an order).
The officer then pulls his taser and charges after Canady to prevent him from retreating into his home in fear as the dog yelps in pain. Wallace is no longer afraid of getting close to Canady at this point and yet, he detains Canady without reason. He’s also capable of using his taser now that the threat of a 9-pound dog is neutralized.
Canady asks for Wallace’s name. Wallace won’t give it to him and hides his name from the camera. Another officer shows up and the video cuts off after an irate Canady promises this won’t go unanswered.
The call to Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office was made by a woman who felt “Reese’s” was being aggressive toward her. Canady told NEA Report early Saturday that he has never seen her before but she was walking through the neighborhood, possibly on a stroll. As he is on his porch. he said the group of small dogs, including Reese’s, was barking at her. He said she pulled out a gun and aimed it at them, which was in the direction of Canady’s house.
“I told her she needed to put the gun away because she was pointing it at my house and shooting at my house would endanger me,” Canady said. “She’s the one who called Faulkner County and I guess that’s where the video picked up.”
The woman called 911. It was drama Canady didn’t want to deal with as he was getting ready for work. He’s a helicopter ambulance pilot after spending 21-years in the military as a Black Hawk pilot on two tours of duty in Iraq. Canady also said he’s had negative experiences with Faulkner authorities including a pending charge he says is bogus. This is why Canady says he video records police when he speaks to them.
“Basically, [it was] just like the situation in this video,” Canady said of his previous negative experience. “I had it on video until they got a hold of my phone. I guess they deleted it or something.”
Canady lives in Faulkner County outside of the city limits. He took in Reese’s when her owner’s abandoned her. He said she was pregnant and he didn’t want to leave her in the cold, so he put a heat lamp in his garage. After the pups were born, Canady found a rescue home for them when they were older. The mother dog has stayed around since.
“It’s not even 9 pounds,” Canady said.
A 2018 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette report showed Wallace to be a K9 officer, seen here handling a dog which is exponentially larger than Reese’s. Although the video doesn’t show all moments from the interaction, Canady said the dog never became aggressive or even bared her teeth at Wallace.
“The dog was barking but when he shot it, the dog wasn’t even barking,” Canady said.
Canady doesn’t believe Wallace shot his dog because he felt threatened. Instead, Canady said the officer tried to murder the animal because the deputy was aggravated by Canady’s defiance.
“That is exactly why he shot the dog,” Canady said. “Then he pulls his taser on me when I’ve done nothing wrong and I’m trying to go into my house. Because now I’m scared, he’s just fired a weapon two feet from me.”
Somehow, the small dog lived. The bullet entered one side of the dog’s neck and exited the opposite side, just next to the eye. Canady took Reese’s to the vet and put down $2400 toward her medical bills Friday night, he said. A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to help with medical expenses.
“It’s just uncalled for,” Canady said. “That’s a mentally unstable individual.”
Wallace was involved in a police shooting in September, 2017, according to the Log Cabin Democrat. He fired his gun during a struggle with a man who was trying to flee in a vehicle. He was cleared of any wrong-doing in the incident.
The sheriff’s department announced Friday night it had placed Wallace on paid administrative leave.
UPDATE: The sheriff has fired the officer after his disgusting behavior.