“We Made A Mistake”: Georgia Police Reportedly Enter Wrong Home In Response To 911 Call, Kill Family Dog, Shoot An Unarmed Father, and Then Shoot One of Their Own Officers

Yanna2imgresDekalb police are admitting this week that “we made a mistake” but that does not seem to capture full extent of the blunder perpetrated by three officers who mistakenly entered the home of Chris and Leah McKinley in response to a 911 call. Not only did the officers enter the wrong home, but they proceeded to shoot the family dog, then shoot the unarmed father, and then shoot one of their own officers.

ChrisMcKinleyChris McKinley, 36, (right) and his wife and their one-year old boy were watching the movie Serendipity on their sofa when three police officers entered their kitchen. The officers were responding to a burglary call and entered through an open kitchen door. They immediately shot the family dog (a 10 year old female Boxer named Yana) and killed it. When Chris ran into the kitchen, he was also shot–in the leg. They then shot one of their own officers. Chris made it outside and told a neighbor that he was shoot and reportedly said “Why did they shoot me? Why did they shoot my dog?’ He says, ‘I opened the door to see what the dogs were barking at, and I see black uniforms and I hear pop-pop-pop-pop.’”

In the aftermath of this mess, DeKalb police Chief James Conroy said “Without getting into the specifics of this case, that’s one of the challenges when people call 911, we often don’t know where they are . . . We want officers to go out and investigate crimes like this rather than react. We want to go out and actually apprehend criminals and help people.” DeKalb director of public safety Cedric Alexander added “Are we perfect? Absolutely not. But when we find a mistake, we own it. We own the fact that we were at the wrong house. We didn’t hide it. We didn’t mismanage it. We were at the wrong location based on information that was given to us.”

The family has a different view and has denounced the police report which they say is false in saying that Chris burst through the door and ran towards them in a threatening way.

JonesHardenOfficer Travis Jones (left) was in “serious but stable condition” at Grady Memorial Hospital, officials said. Officer Quhanna Lloyd (below) and Officer Timothy Harden (right) have been placed on paid administrative leave with Jones pending an investigation.


43 thoughts on ““We Made A Mistake”: Georgia Police Reportedly Enter Wrong Home In Response To 911 Call, Kill Family Dog, Shoot An Unarmed Father, and Then Shoot One of Their Own Officers”

  1. Now we have another case of cops abuse. This kind of botched situation by cops is far to common. And folks wonder why a lot of other people are PO’d at police in general. The anger at cops because these kinds of incidents goes way beyond BLM protests. This stuff is becoming all to common these days. Cops have killed a lot of innocents & their dogs, usually in “OOOOPPS! We got the wrong address!” drug raids.

    What happens when cops kill people’s dogs? Nothing.

    What happens if some hurts or kills a cop dog? The person get’s treated like they hurt or killed a human.

    Civilian dogs & cop dogs should be considered on the same level. If cop dogs are like humans, then citizen dogs are like humans. Dogs are not humans of course, but tell that to a cop with a dog.


  2. The dog would never had to be shot had the police not entered the property in the first place. So all other arguments in justifying the shooting are moot. They had no justification for entering and all following actions are therefore criminal.

    The police need stop justifying their criminal and murderous behavior and start using caution in who they are hiring and how they are trained. Prosecuting attorneys must start putting the blue gangs in jail not defending their actions. Lastly (but not least), Elected official should start seeing that the management in the police department be held accountable.

  3. When the dust settles on this matter, I think some promotions are in order here.

  4. Yet another example of moronic cops acting stupidly.When will this type of police brutality come to an end.

  5. Karen S.

    I suspect it will be an factor in the investigation. Since there is going to be an extensive investigation into the shooting of the homeowner, all shots and the justification for each of them will need to be accounted for and the issue of whether the shot(s) that killed the dog were justified will come into play. An element of the latter will be if the dog posed any threat,.

  6. The dog reacted correctly according to instincts to protect the home and family regardless of outcome. The dog TOFTT. Hail this dog, It might have been worse if he had not done his duty. This dog gets the White Fang award.

  7. Darren – thanks for the information.

    I wonder in this case if they can find out if the dog was merely barking or an actual threat. What a complete mess.

  8. Karren S.

    It really depends on the totality of each situation as to how to handle the dog. Most of the time one can see just by how the dog behaves when it is just barking and not being any kind of threat. Just ignoring the dog in that situation usually works best. There are however times when this is not the case and greater force is needed.

    Generally police officers are not going to let themselves be injured by a dog. All department policies that I know of pretty much allow the officer to use any force necessary to prevent themselves or another person from being injured by a dog. If an officer is attacked by a dog, a department is not going to sanction the officer for doing this. Although, if they use a firearm it had better be appropriate considering backdrop or any risks from shooting a gun to others.

    The question remains how much of a threat the dog poses. Merely barking is not sufficient, but it can of course be an indicator of risk. Blowing away a dog just because it is barking is not a justified use of force.

    Plus there are issues with breed, and how the dog was raised. I recall one situation where our SWAT team went to flush out a wanted murderer from his house. A pack of trained attack dogs ran out from the house and came for the deputies. They were cut down as they closed in.

    I should also mention that when a dog is actively attacking another person it can be difficult to fend them off depending on the type of dog and how aggressive it is. Sometimes physical attacks such as using nightsticks or kicking the dog will not always work and an a firearm is the quickest way to end the attack. A dog can cause horrific injuries in only a few seconds. I have to state that this is a rare event in most cases.

    There have been many times, as shown on this blog over the years, when police overreacted and went straight for their pistol. In my opinion much of this stems from training that includes mostly worst case scenarios where dogs actually mauled officers who failed to use enough force to defend themselves or were caught off guard. In those situations officers are told to shoot the dog and to not risk themselves, and there is a reliance unfortunately during training on using common sense to know otherwise. I suspect that some were not offered the same force continuum training for dogs as is done with humans. Unfortunately a relatively few officers made themselves infamous by not using common sense and shot when it was unnecessary or dangerous as was the case alleged in this article.

  9. Darren – what is the general procedure for officers dealing with a barking dog? I’ve read about some officers handling it well, and others being far too reactive. But what is the general policy when a large dog comes at police barking? I’m curious. It’s so sad when an innocent dog gets hurt when it’s just doing its best.

  10. And may I say, the poor dog. Dead in defense of her family. And I hope the father recovers well, too, without lasting damage. And the poor child. This must have scared him and his mom to death.

  11. As always, I appreciate reading Darren’s initial thoughts on police issues.

    This sounds like one of the worse cock-ups I’ve ever heard. They need to investigate how this tragedy escalated in the first place. That’s the problem when entering a home and surprising the occupants. The dog is going to bark at you, the parents are going to scramble and rush into the room when they feel their family is threatened.

    Find out how it happened, prevent its recurrence, and make amends as best they can. At least they are indicating they’re taking responsibility. They will have to investigate all angles, including the police report. Although, if I heard a shot from the area of where my toddler was, I would go charging into the room “in a threatening manner”, too. Rushing, charging, or moving at a rapid pace, I’m sure the man looked wild eyed. That’s not his fault. It’s theirs for allegedly screwing up everything from the point they exited the vehicle. We’ll have to find out what in the world happened. How did the officer get shot? Not ensuring the background of their target was clear? Were these rookies or seasoned officers? It would indicate a far more serious training problem if they were seasoned.

    Wait. Aren’t we supposed to have protests and riots and looting and singing and sobbing? Because everyone must realize that had the race of the cops and victims been reversed, this would have “obviously” been a hate crime. That’s why I wish the reactive media/activists/web would realize that it may not always be racism. It may just be a screwup.

  12. Playing cops and robbers is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. I hope the policeman recovers because black cops’ lives matter.

  13. I can understand the shooting of the unarmed father. But the Dog! A dog cannot carry a weapon. All a dog can do is bite. One bite is good for the whole day. To shoot a dog is the lowest thing on Earth for a human to do. Shoot God. Ask questions later.

  14. This seems to have happened on or around August 30. I’ve been looking on line for any follow up information but don’t seem to find any. Does anyone have any information about what kind of findings the GBI have come up with, or any more recent information?

  15. Things to consider here:

    Who made the original 911 call? The home owner or just some guy on the street calling it in.

    Were they at home at the time of the burglary? Doesn’t seem so so what is the urgency to shoot on sight?

    Was it an ongoing/happening in real time burglary? Meaning were the burglars in the house at the time presenting a current danger or had the crime already been committed?

    Did they NOT give a name and an address for their home?

    How difficult is it to know or see the addresses on the homes? Looks pretty clearly labeled to me in the article.

    What is the proximity of the wrong house to the house where the burglary was being committed? RIght next door? Blocks away?

    What is the size of this town?

    This whole thing stinks especially when there has been a rise in “swatting”. Calling in a false 911 call to harass someone you don’t like. Sending the police out in a high state of testosteronage to potentially harm the person you are harassing.

  16. Just for the record: Mousawi was an intended and unknown-prior to the event 9-11 bomber who happened to be in federal prison prior to 9-11. A good female FBI agent thought Mousawi might be up to something. After she found that Mousawi’s laptop computer was in evidence but never examined, she requested to do examine its contents. Her FBI boss (Supervisor “A”) refused, establishing a legal threshold even higher than legal precedent, which of course legally allowed them to view the computer contents. (Some including me say this and dozens of other strange facts support the claim that the government was a 9-11 co-conspirator.)

    If they viewed the computer, 9-11 would have been thwarted and not happened (9-11 plans were on the computer).

    Then there’s the felonious Asian FBI agent who shot hot lead into the head of a woman carrying a baby on Ruby Ridge.

    What do Agent “A” and the FBI shooter described have in common? They were promoted rather than spend time in prison for their respective felonies (Agent “A” for criminal negligence, the shooter at Ruby Ridge for murder in the 2nd or 1st and violation of civil rights).

    Try shooing a politician or a member of the ruling class elite and see how long it takes to be fired and convicted.

  17. I know this is wrong, but I wish every cop on the scene died, all having shot themselves or each other. Then maybe this scum bag of a Police Chief would be unemployed at the least. The gall of this scum bag to have not resigned, and to show his face and jaw bone how they want to “preserve and protect” when they enter an unknown house and start shooting innocent civilians for the crime of “watching TV while white.”

    Do you think Obammy will charge these black cops with “hate crime” or “civil rights” violation? Don’t hold your breath.

    In that big Texas motorcycle bar shootout, apparently all the cops and most of the citizens were shot by other cops, which is why the DA won’t release the data proving same (bullet and kill/shoot data correlates to the cop weapons). It may be a surprise to readers, but I bet cops are most often the shooters in cop shootings.

  18. Instead of employing hundreds of thousands of stupid, sadistic bullies cheaply, they might want to try hiring just a handful of really smart people to keep the peace.

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