James Freeman investigator shoots family dog


Video: Investigator shoots family dog after going to wrong house

‘You godd*mn moron! You shot and killed my godd*mn dog!’


Kahron Spearman


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A disturbing new video shows what transpired after a police investigator went to the wrong house and ended up fatally shooting a family dog in Arkansas.

The video starts with a visual of the dead dog and Investigator James Freeman of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office in the background. The videographer, Chris Coiner, lives at the home where Freeman shot the dog.

Coiner told ABC 7 KATV that the family dog, 3-year-old terrier mix Clide, was shot in the head just because it was barking. 

“Wait right there. What is your name? What’s your name?” Coiner asks Freeman, who is apparently trying to leave, in the video. 

“I’m Investigator Freeman with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office. … I’m looking for Samuel,” Freeman responds.

“At what address?” Coiner commands. 

Freeman looks at his paperwork before saying, “72 A.”

Coiner, realizing Freeman is not even at the right property, goes off: “Over there, you goddamn moron! Get off my property, you motherfucker!”

ABC 7 KATV reports that the sheriff’s office is conducting an internal investigation of the incident; Freeman, however, has not been reprimanded. According to a spokesperson, Freeman “was in Greenbrier for a sex offender compliance check but went to the wrong home.”

“My daughter was coming to the door and said somebody was in the driveway,” Coiner described. “Just a blue pickup, unmarked. Before I was even around the corner here, I heard a shot, and the officer had shot my dog right here in the yard for barking at him. My girlfriend watched it out the window; the dog was not attacking him, the dog was barking, in my yard, on private property.”

A spokesperson for the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Erinn Stone, told ABC 7 KATV that “Freeman was conducting a sex offender compliance check at 72 Autumn Hills Road. A person living there allegedly told Freeman the offender possibly lives next door.”

Coiner accused Freeman of knowing he was at the wrong address all along. “I didn’t know this at the time, but I had found out he had already been to 72, which was the right address, so he knew he was not at the right address, and he shot my dog for barking at him,” Coiner told the outlet.

Coiner added that Freeman continuing to be on-duty after unnecessarily killing his family dog is upsetting. “He’s at work today, and my protecting guard dog here will never work again because he killed him yesterday,” he said.

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