Texas Police Chief Accused of Shooting Two Dogs and a House

I just know that our brave law-enforcement officers are all that stands between us and the barbarians inside the gates, but sometimes it's hard to distinguish the cops from the Visigoths when they plug napping dogs and pop a round or two at occupied houses in the process. At least, that's what a Florence, Texas, family says the local police chief did, and the cops aren't saying anything to counter the story.

According to KVUE, reporting the story told by the Vybiral family:

Caren says she was watching a movie with her two year old daughter Lilly when gunshots rang out. She thought they were coming from across the street.

"Thought maybe Chevron was being robbed or something. I didn't have any idea what was going on," Caren Vybiral said. "And when I walked to open the door, there was another gun shot."

Caren said Sassy was lying in the door way bleeding. And standing above her was Florence Police Chief Julie Elliot-Abshire. After a short exchange, Caren said the chief ran to the back yard and shot the other family dog that was locked up, a two year old pit bull named Boomer.

"I asked her what is going on," Caren described, "and she said, um, the b-word, did you not hear me knocking on your front door. And I said no, why did you shoot my dogs?"

Apparently, the two dogs had escaped from the yard, and wandered across the street to the gas station where they were seen and reported by a city worker. But a family friend had returned them to the house by the time the police chief arrived. Sassy, a six year old Rhodesian Ridgeback who had to be put down after the gunshots, had again escaped, but was snoozing on the front porch. Boomer, who was injured but survived, was restrained at the time of the shooting.

The Vybirals say they almost joined the list of the dead and injured, since at least one of the Police Chief Julie Elliot-Abshire's bullets took out a window and ended up in the house.

We don't know the chief's side of the story, since the doors to the Florence Police Department were locked when reporters arrived and the department isn't returning phone calls or emails. Which must be very reassuring to town residents who might like to think the cops would make themselves available for something other than berserker sprees.

The City of Florence says it's investigating the incident. One anonymous witness told KVUE the chief was being threatened by both dogs in the front yard — which doesn't square with the alleged shooting of a restrained dog in the back.

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    she said, um, the b-word, did you not hear me knocking on your front door

    Respect. My. Authoritah. Or I will make you pay by shooting your dogs.

  • TELLMOFF||

    If you have any friends, relatives, or neighbors who respect cops, let them know how much you hate them for their viewpoint. That is what I do. Don't be a mope libertarian who summarizes a problem and then retreats into helpless mode.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    You still have friends?

    *chocked face*

  • ||

    You put blocks behind your face so it wont roll away while it's parked?

  • ||

    The poor female police chief is just trying to make up for the male cops getting to shoot 23% more dogs.

  • nobody||

    How many microagressions can we expect her to endure?!

  • ||

    The poor female police chief is just trying to make up for the male cops getting to shoot 23% more dogs.

    No doubt she's also pissed about the fact that her male counterparts earn more money shooting those dogs than she does.

  • ||

    **Lights Dunphy Signal**

  • John||

    Is that a large spotlight similar to the bat signal?

  • ||

    Think fleshlight, John.

  • Loki||

    So it's a large spotlight shaped like a cunt?

  • ||

    No, that's the Ken Shultz signal.

  • ||

    Bravo.

  • ¿Ex Nihilo?||

    No, that's the Ken Shultz signal.

    I thought that was a smoke signal??

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    It's a large spotlight "shaped like a discreet, plain, brown envelope, to protect your privacy."

  • sarcasmic||

    It's a pig signal.

  • John||

    +100

  • ||

  • sarcasmic||

  • ||

    Winner, sarc. We now have the new Dunphy signal.

  • Killazontherun||

    Wasting your time. Batman is pure fiction but he is still more effective.

  • Jack the Reaper||

    I always pictured the pyres lit to summon the Riders of Rohan.

  • JW||

    "I asked her what is going on," Caren described, "and she said, um, the b-word, did you not hear me knocking on your front door. And I said no, why did you shoot my dogs?"

    You heard that now, didn't you, biotch?

  • GILMORE||

    "They Shoot Houses, Don't They?"

    (rim-shot)

    the War on Dog continues.

  • John||

    But a family friend had returned them to the house by the time the police chief arrived.

    So the dogs were in their own yard and this bitch trespassed, shot the dogs and vandalized the property. I don't care if they were threatening her. Tough shit. Stay out of other people's yards unless you got a warrant.

  • mr simple||

    Boomer was shot in the leg and ear.

    That dumb cunt couldn't even shoot a chained up dog.

  • R C Dean||

    One anonymous witness told KVUE the chief was being threatened by both dogs in the front yard,

    (1) Any bets that, if this anonymous witness ever shows up, he/she/it will prove to be a cop? Who didn't actually witness a damn thing?

    (2) Even if its true, how is it that everyone but cops manages to navigate "threatening" dogs without gunplay?

  • John||

    And why is KVUE even reporting the witness if that person won't come forward? Funny that mail men and meter readers and census takers go to people's homes for a living and are confronted by any number of dogs. Yet, never seem to feel the need to shoot one of them.

  • Loki||

    That's just because they're not armed and don't have the AUTHORITAH that comes with being a cop. If they were armed and could get away with it without facing any kind of reprisal they would probably shoot dogs too.

  • Loki||

    My guess is that the anonymous witness is actually the police chief herself.

  • ||

    Well, that sounds perfectly reasonable to me. I fail to see how anyone could have any kind of problem with that.

  • Drake||

    I understand that many towns can't afford a dog catcher these days - but damn.

  • ||

    Texas Police Chief Accused of Shooting Two Dogs and a House

    The house was acceptable collateral damage.

  • niobiumstudio||

    That or the the high columns were looming over the police chief in a threatening manner and she was forced to draw her service pistol. After several verbal attempts to convince the columns to stop looming the officer, heavyhearted, was forced to fire upon the house. She is being recommended for a promotion and recognition by the town for her bravery in the face of danger.

  • NeonCat||

    She's already the chief, what is she supposed to be promoted to, chief+?

    Hey, any of those windows could have concealed a sniper. Or perhaps she was just trying to stimulate the economy.

  • Loki||

    She's already the chief, what is she supposed to be promoted to, chief+?

    Grand Poobah of Obnoxious Twats?

  • ||


    I just know that our brave law-enforcement officers are all that stands between us and the barbarians inside the gates, but sometimes it's hard to distinguish the cops from the Visigoths when they plug napping dogs and pop a round or two at occupied houses in the process.

    Brother Tucille, are you acquainted with the musings of P Brooks, because this sentence is P Brooks worthy. Well done.

  • jdtuccille||

    I'm not, but I'm always interested in trying a new writer. Please point the way!

  • nobody||

    You're in luck, he posts in these very comments.

  • jdtuccille||

    Ah, commenter P Brooks -- yes I'm familiar. And I hope P Brooks returns.

  • ||

    Would that we could, but, sadly the esteemed P Brooks left us once the squirrels discovered registration.

  • nobody||

    Oh crap, I didn't realize he left too. Shiiiiiiiit.

  • Tim||

    Must be that time of the month, eh Chief?

  • nobody||

    Radley tweeted an article about a guy that shot and killed a dog that bit him and was charged with a crime. This might be hard to believe, but it turns out that the guy is not a police officer.

  • John||

    Yeah. If I go over to my neighbor's yard uninvited and shoot his dog, I am going to be arrested and charged with any number of crimes. The fact that the dog "confronted me" is not going to save me.

    But being a cop means having a license to fuck with people.

  • sarcasmic||

    There's no double standard. None at all.

  • ||

    ...she said, um, the b-word, did you not hear me knocking on your front door.

    There's only one bitch in this story and she carries a badge and gun.

  • sarcasmic||

    As of Monday the police chief, Julie Elliot-Abshire, had not returned KVUE's calls. City workers say she was in Dallas for training.

    Training fixes everything.

  • Loki||

    That makes sense. Apparently one of the dogs survived and the one that died was put down by a vet after suffering for a while. She needs more training so that next time she'll be able to kill the dogs much more efficiently.

    "You gotta hit 'em in the head, they go down faster!"

  • ||

    "Always put one in the brain."

  • sarcasmic||

    "Just because she wears a badge doesn't mean she can pull her gun and just shoot anything," Vybiral said.

    Um, actually, it does.

  • John||

    You know who else killed people's dogs?

    Seriously, one of the Nuremberg laws prohibited Jews from owning pets. Killing people's pets is a great way to humiliate them and bring them under control.

    No surprise cops killing dogs more than any other part of their job.

  • Pip||

    Cop kills my dog, I kill the cop. Not hyperbole.

  • sarcasmic||

    Then they kill you. Not hyperbole.

  • Virginian||

    Everyone dies.

    I don't have the balls to go out like Carl Drega did, but sometimes I wish I did.

    Like...she shoots two dogs, one of whom was fucking sleeping on the porch.

    How the hell do you do that? How do you as a moral person aim a lethal weapon at a nonthreatening, defenseless animal and pull the trigger for no reason at all. She wasn't hunting deer or slaughtering a pig. She shot those dogs because she just felt like it.

  • Pi Guy||

    Cop kills my dog, I kill the cop. Not hyperbole.

    I have a feeling it's really going to come to this.

  • Mensan||

    Since the cops like to point out that dogs are just property, I've often thought that the appropriate response is: Cop shoots your dog, you burn the cop's house down.

  • Loki||

    Although apparently some cops also like choking people out so they crap themselves.

  • fish||

    Although apparently some cops also like choking people out so they crap themselves in preparation for copulating with plastic flashlight shaped cylinders filled with a soft latex like material.

    FIFY

    Odd the things required for some people to achieve sexual satisfaction.

  • Pi Guy||

    You know, I've been wondering if there's any connection between glorifying your days spent choking people to shit themselves and a guy who needs something in place of a woman.

  • Romulus Augustus||

    The way to handle such teflon bullies is anonymous retaliation. I'm reminded of a bully at my school who eventually had dog shit piled in his dad's convertible when he left it unlocked at the prom.

  • Tonio||

    Calling citizen/taxpayers "bitch" - the new professionalism.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...since the doors to the Florence Police Department were locked when reporters arrived and the department isn't returning phone calls or emails.

    The coppers are afraid reporters might be trying to get in to shoot their dogs.

  • ||

    One wonders how they are policing the town and doing their supposed job with the doors locked and the phones being ignored.

  • ||

    Citizen, report for re-education.

  • fish||

    Works just fine for Chief Wiggum.

  • sarcasmic||

    If this is the example set by the chief, I can only imagine how the rest of the force treats the general public.

  • Mo' $parky||

    Maybe the chief was trying to lead by example. You know, show all the newbies how to deal with the public.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Part of my police escape plan (if I ever become a major criminal figure) is to release a gigantic pack of dogs. During the inevitable display of firepower, I can easily make my getaway.

  • ||

    Balkooooo....oh wait.

    Too Chilleeeeeeeeeee!

  • Mo' $parky||

    Don't you think, in this hip-hop age, his last name should be spelled out 2Chilly?

  • ||

    No! Now get off my lawn, whippersnapper!

  • Mo' $parky||

    Sorry, commercialization of hip-hop music (as much as I loathe it) has so infected me that I can't help but think of most everyone's names in hip-hop terms.

    I will always and forever think of poor JD as JDog 2Chilly.

  • ||

    commercialization of hip-hop music (as much as I loathe it) has so infected me

    It's the Ke$ha infection. It's terminal, I'm afraid, and you'll soon be a drooling mess pissing in the streets. I suggest you notify next of kin. Got a Bucket List going, Sparky?

  • Mo' $parky||

    How dare you... You had to go and drag the lovely Ke$ha into this, didn't you?

    You might be interested to know, these words came from the one you so deride:

    I was so happy being broke. And I’m happy not being broke. It doesn’t really affect me either way. I care about taking care of people that have taken care of me – that’s important to me. But to be honest, I’m kind of repulsed by the gluttony and excesses of a lot of people in the limelight.

    Kesha explaining the dollar sign in her stage name.

    I, for one, am willing to look past her horrid music to the beauty the lies beneath.

  • ||

    Meh. Trashy is as trashy does. I know women who have overcome humble beginnings and had more class then and have more class now in their pinky toes than this...thing.

  • Mensan||

    Okay, that's the second reference I've seen to Ke$ha in the comments today. What the hell is a Ke$Ha?

  • NeonCat||

    Went to the Florence, TX city website. Found a message from Chief Elliot-Abshire:
    "The Florence Police Department will strive to provide quality public service based on high ethical and professional standards. This mission is to be attained through a sincere commitment to public service. It includes preserving the peace and order of the City through conflict management and enforcement of criminal laws. It also includes being both responsive and responsible to the public we serve. We will strive to serve, educate and protect the public through community collaboration, problem recognition, problem resolution and police action. In carrying out our mission, we must work with our community as a team to ensure that the citizens of Florence are provided the best protection and service we can give.

    Our philosophy encourages two-way communication between Police Officers and the residents in the city they serve. We believe that the members of the Police Department and residents of the city can work together to solve problems and address issues in an atmosphere of trust and teamwork."

    I don't think she is taking her words to heart...

  • ||

    That's a bunch of gobbledy-gook that was never intended to actually mean anything. It was meant to placate.

  • niobiumstudio||

    I don't see anything about not shooting dogs or houses in there. Although, it does mention "professional standards"... it is pretty standard for police to shoot dogs.

    The chief DID initiate two-way communication with the homeowner, she yelled at the home owner, asked her questions, let the homeowner answer, then called her a bitch and shot her dogs. That sounds two-way to me! From what I hear, shooting dogs is a good teamwork building activity among police.

  • JimDee||

    That's Administrativese for 'fuck you'.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Are they sure it was Florence cops? There's a state trooper training facility right outside Florence - maybe they had a training exercise.

  • Spoonman.||

    "Florence High School is the only high school in Texas that has a complete meat processing laboratory and full-service meat market.[4]"

  • Killazontherun||

    I can't pass by one of their canine officer mutts these days without seeing a contemptible traitor to the dog species.

  • ||

    There is a small part of me that hopes some jackass from the sheriff's department would try this with my Mom's Doberman. Given the fact that their aim sucks, Bella would rip out a couple of throats before she went down. Dog's a frigging tank.

  • ||

    Several years ago my stepson was at one of his friend's house for a party. I went to pick him up after the party and discovered that the friend's house was at the end of a dead end street and had no street lights. It was ten or so at night so it was blacker than the inside of a hog's ass outside the house. In the car lights I could see that I had to enter a gated yard and walk 50 or so feet to the front porch. I memorized the path and got out of the car and walked to the gate. Just after entering the gate I saw a large white shape that I had not noticed in the car lights. It was between me and the porch. I froze.

    It was in the shape of a dog but at looked big enough to be a 4 person tent. A low growl confirmed my suspicions. I sat down on the ground, leaned my head down a little bit, extended my arms with fists closed and started talking in a higher pitched but low voice. I just said " good doggie oh you are such a good doggie come here good doggie ....etc etc"

  • ||

    Slowly he came to me, stopping and then coming closer, stopping and checking me out....I sat very still. After a minute or so he was licking my face and I was petting him. I stood up and went to the porch, still talking to him " come on good doggie here we go...etc" and still petting him.

    I knocked on the door and the kid's mom let me in. When the dog came in with me ( a 180 lb Great Pyrenees) the mom's face blanched. She said " Oh my god I am so sorry I forgot he was out there! How did you get past him??? He doesnt let anyone in the yard? Are you OK?"

    I just laughed. It is not the first time I have done that sort of thing.

    Have I mentioned before that I am always armed? I had my chief's special in my pocket that night. It never occurred to me to reach for it.

    Fuck character limits.

  • John||

    We had a great Pyrenees when I was a kid. As big and lovable as he was dumb. He got out one time and walked into the neighbor's kitchen. She fed him her entire breakfast our of fear. Little did she know her only danger was that he might have liked her to death.

  • NoTalentAssclown||

    CAN I GET A HAT TIP!?!?!! Evening link, a day or two ago...

  • Robert||

    2 hunters, 1 game warden, and a cow.

  • grylliade||

    That or the the high columns were looming over the police chief in a threatening manner and she was forced to draw her service pistol. After several verbal attempts to convince the columns to stop looming the officer, heavyhearted, was forced to fire upon the house. She is being recommended for a promotion and recognition by the town for her bravery in the face of danger.

    Good Lord, what if there had been a gazebo there? Think of the carnage!

  • Brian from Texas||

    To all animal rights radicals out there:

    If you really want to impress me why don't you start throwing buckets of blood at cops who shoot dogs instead of on women who wear fur.

  • Agammamon||

    The chief of police responded? Is this community so small that, not only does it not have an animal control department, the head cop is on patrol?

    I don't understand this shit. I get chased by dogs all the time - my neighbors let their dogs run wild in the neighborhood and yet I never realy feel threatened, since 99.9% of the time all you need to do is stop and stare at them and then the dogs don't know what to do. They get confused and scared and wander away.

  • Mensan||

    I don't know the law in Texas, but in Florida shooting at an occupied dwelling is a second degree felony.

  • Darwin||

    Survey:

    Police chief shoots a chained dog in the backyard. Citizen, enraged, shoots the police chief.

    Convict or acquit?

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