In one corner you have Antoine Jones; he’s a six-foot tall, 300lb probation officer armed with a handgun.
In the other corner, you have Patches; she’s a two-year-old, 12lb Jack Russell Terrier.
According to FOX 31, on Monday, October 7th, officers Antoine Jones and Ronnie Simmons visited Cherrie Shelton’s home at the Loblolly Mobile Home Park in Albany, Georgia to check on her son.
When Jones knocked on the front door, an alerted Patches started barking, so he decided to step off the wooden deck and move towards the front lawn.
Shelton then opened the front door to which Patches bolted through, running towards Jones. Though Shelton didn’t grab Patches, she told the officers that the dog wouldn’t bite – but before Patches could even reach Jones, he drew his weapon and shot one round into the dog’s chest.
Jones wasn’t injured.
“After being shot, Patches hid behind the house for 30 minutes fighting for her life,” Shelton told FOX 31.
After Patches was shot, Shelton asked the large officer why he would shoot such a small dog, to which Jones said that he feared for his life.
“He stated that he gave the dog verbal commands to get back, but the dog continued to come towards him in an aggressive manner so he fired one shot at the dog using his duty weapon,” recorded an Albany Police Department officer in the incident report.
Animal Control arrived at the scene, offering medical aid for the dog, but Shelton refused, saying she did not have enough money for a veterinarian.
Last Thursday afternoon on October 10th, FOX 31 received a statement from the Georgia Department of Corrections, which reads:
On Oct. 7th, two Albany Probation Officers were conducting a field visit. During this time, an Albany Probation Officer was involved in an incident that required him to use use of force against an aggressive canine during a field visit. An incident report was filed and it was determined that the Probation Officer responded appropriately.
On the Albany GA Police Department’s Facebook page (as well as the initial FOX 31 report), many Facebook users commented, expressing their disgust with Jones’ actions:
There has been no report on whether or not the police will file charges, or if Shelton will sue.