Arkansas deputy fired after video shows him shooting Chihuahua in front of owner

Sheriff: Deputy Keenan Wallace had "numerous opportunities to de-escalate"

Deputy Keenan Wallace was fired from the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office after a video showed him shooting a Chihuahua on Friday night. (Twitter / @catiejwoodson)

FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. – A Faulkner County deputy was fired after a video showed him shooting and wounding a small dog Friday night, the sheriff's office announced Saturday.

Former Deputy Keenan Wallace was initially placed on administrative leave after the shooting, according to a spokesperson.

The dog's owner, Doug Canady, said the incident began about 4:30 p.m. when a woman standing in front of his home pointed a gun at his Chihuahua, named Reese's, and also pointed it in the direction of his home. He said he told the woman to put away the gun, and that she responded by saying she would call the authorities, according to a report from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Canady said he went to the gas station and, upon returning, saw a deputy's vehicle outside his home. That's when he started recording.

Video that was posted online shows Wallace approaching Canady in his front yard while two small dogs run around his feet. One of the dogs, Reese's, runs up to the deputy barking and wagging his tail. Wallace is then seen shooting the animal.

"Are you f***ing kidding me? Are you f***ing kidding me?" Canady yells as his dog writhes and cries on the ground.

"I told you," Wallace responds.

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“Once he fired that weapon, I lost all mental faculties,” Canady told the Democrat-Gazette. “My heart broke. I thought he just killed this dog.”

In an initial Facebook post Friday night, the sheriff's office said Reese's was "aggressive."

On Friday evening, January 4th an unfortunate incident occurred involving a Faulkner County Deputy firing his weapon at...

Posted by Faulkner County Sheriff's Office on Friday, January 4, 2019

After receiving angry reactions and comments, the office's Facebook page went down. The page was back up by Saturday afternoon with a post saying that they were experiencing "difficulties."

We were having difficulties involving our Facebook page. It has been resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Posted by Faulkner County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, January 5, 2019

Later that night, there was another post announcing that Wallace had been relieved of his duties. Sheriff Tim Ryals said that Wallace had "numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident." He added that the deputy had not violated any state law or agency policies, but that the investigation would be forwarded to the prosecuting attorney's office.

Good Evening, Since taking office in 2017, I have been an advocate of integrity, professionalism and transparency. I...

Posted by Faulkner County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, January 5, 2019

Reese's is in stable condition, but will need surgery for a shattered jaw, KATV reported.

A GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the dog's surgery had met its goal of $14,000 as of Monday morning.

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