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Tulsa firefighter resigns after being charged with shooting neighbor's dog

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Updated: 4/27/2012 11:28 am Published: 4/04/2012 8:44 pm

A Tulsa firefighter resigned after charged were filed in a case where a neighbor is suspected of shooting and killing a family dog in front of children with a pellet gun. 

Tulsa firefighter Captain Randy Shipman is charged with felony cruelty to an animal.  He resigned on Friday morning, he's been with TFD for 18 years.

Jail records show he turned himself and was booked in the Tulsa County Jail around 8:00 pm, Thursday night and is free on $4,000 bond.

Police say the family's vet found five pellets lodged in the boxer's body.

"I wouldn't have a vicious dog with children especially 11 and under,” said mother Amanda Baker.

A spokesperson for TFD said Shipman has been on paid administrative leave since the incident. The Department is doing an internal investigation.  

The Reeves family tells FOX23 News they don’t understand why their neighbor didn’t come over to the work out a problem with their dog.

Police said it happened on April 1st near 101st and Elm Place.

The family told police their boxer was on their property in the fenced yard when she was shot.

Four-year-old Hadley Reeves told his parents he was on the trampoline when he heard a pop sound, he didn’t see anyone hit his dog Sissy but he ran into the house with his four-year-old brother and friend.

“I heard  one of those pops. Like a pellet gun,” said Hadley. "Sissy was running around then she collapsed by the stairs."

His mother said Sissy wouldn’t move.

"I picked her up and took her to the garage but she was already dead,” said Amanda Baker.

She thought it wasn’t hot enough to be heat stroke, she may have eaten something but she saw a hole in Sissy’s side.

"That's when we noticed the bullet hole. It was super tiny it was a BB gun or pellet gun,” said Baker.

The kids tried to heal Sissy by putting a rose in the hole.

"I just started flipping out,” said Hadley.

The parents said that’s when they called police; suspecting their neighbor who lived behind them shot their dog.

"He admitted that from time to time he would try and make a loud noise to get the dog stop barking. In this particular incident he advised us he shot in the general direction of the animal but was not intending to shoot the animal,” said Broken Arrow Police Major Mark Irwin.

The family showed FOX23 News markings on their pool from what they believe is the pellet gun.

FOX23 News knocked on the neighbor’s door but he wasn’t home. We left a business card with someone in the home.  

Police say the neighbor has called police about Sissy in the past.

"Most of the complaints have been noise and barking but there have been issues of it being vicious. Not necessarily attacking but biting at the suspect's children,” said Major Irwin.

The family said it wants another dog, but it won’t be Sissy.

"Just really irritated. This could have been easily resolved. All he did was have to come over and talk to us,” said father Tony Reeves.

Police said it was the pellet that ultimately killed Sissy.

Police say dogs do fall under the nuisance ordinance. If a dog is continually barking between 10 pm and 7am during the week and 11 pm and 7 am during the weekend the pet’s owner could face up to a $100 fine.

However, there is no fine if Animal Control shows up and the officers determine the dog is not disturbing the peace.

Police say neighbors can also take the pet owners to court under “will file charges”. 

Court records show the Reeves family filed a civil lawsuit against Shipman seeking more than $10,000 in damages because of the dog's death and damage to their property from the pellets.

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aleman - 4/30/2012 5:09 PM
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Unwashed...ever taken any rabies shots?,many of them in the stomach.I'm sure the homeless guy had all the shots up to date though,another responsible dog owner I'm sure.

Mrsinttown - 4/29/2012 6:25 PM
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This dog was clearly a boxer mix. Any breed can behave badly under poor ownership and neglect. $10k is ridiculous and it only shows the greed of the dog owners. The police didn't file any child endangerment charges. I know this guy and there's no way he'd do something so rash without a good reason. I'm sure in the end the explanation will prove him to be the man I've known.

Unwashed Mass - 4/29/2012 5:29 PM
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The name of the police officer that shot the homeless man's dog to death two weeks ago was never released, nor was any news of what discipline or training he should have to undergo to bring his dog-related skills up to par with just about any postal worker. This story goes to show that there are double standards when it comes to animal cruelty.

watchdog11 - 4/28/2012 7:14 PM
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We had a boxer when I was growing up, he was a great dog, we lived in the boonies so he wasn"t really sociable except for the family, he loved us, my parents moved to a small town, and the local peeping tom poisoned him because he bit him when he was trying to peek into my little sisters room one night. Bo was a wonderful dog, but he would bite anyone who didn't belong in the yard, he didn't bark much at all though, that sounds like a lonesome or bored dog to me. Boxers are so inbred in the U.S some are kind of retarded because of it. Wouldn't buy one from Oklahoma, chances are it would be inbred.

bee2000 - 4/28/2012 7:20 AM
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Harris, im not the owner but a close friend of theirs and youre right though about everybody having opinions on here. Theres a only a couple on here that irritate me. when you know the people it hits home a bit but thanks for the reality check . you kept it clean,good hit.I think im actually going to take that advice.

aleman - 4/27/2012 5:09 PM
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$10000! Man,Im gonna get me a pack of bellerin coondogs and get me a new boat!...I dont know...arent ill gotten gains repaid seven times or something?

aleman - 4/27/2012 4:16 PM
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Boxers are great dogs they are very loyal and very protective of thier family but they are very high strung and do bark a lot.My sister has had several over the years and has had some trouble with them biting children who come to visit.The last puppy they bought the breeder made them sign a contract to have the dog spayed and sent to two different obedience schools and provide records of the dogs shots for several years and a photo of thier backyard and the doghouse it was to sleep in.This should be required of all large dogowners.You could tell this dog to stop barking and it would stop right then ,unfortunately people buy these dogs and cant afford the care they require or are to lazy to give it to them.Large dogs are alot of work and need constant attention.

popthree - 4/27/2012 4:12 PM
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obviously the guy was wrong for shooting the dog. but i have to say, i have fantasized about shooting my neighbors dog... its a shame.. there are no bad dogs, only bad owners. the neighbor is guilty of making a very bad decision that will ultimately injure his own family... the dog owner is very likely guilty of being a bad neighbor however, and a bad dog owner. if you own a dog and it is barking all day in the back yard, you should re-evaluate your decision to own dogs. you don't deserve to have an animal if you don't love it and keep it happy and content.

OFBD1 - 4/27/2012 1:07 PM
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It states cops have came out a few times and didnt see a problem. I've owned 2 boxers and currently still have 1 and been around Alot of boxers and have never ran across a vicious Boxer...NEVER! They are "typically" very well mannered and friendly dogs. You never know but I'm just saying. And I also agree with PROFESSORJ...I think he has and will pay for his mistake and $10,000 is HIGH!! Maybe the cost of the dog and if there was any Vet fees involved should have to be paid to the owners. Amd MRSINTTOWN he is the defendant he's smart to keep his comments too himself until court. You have to be careful

watchdog11 - 4/27/2012 1:03 PM
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See how differently the law treats our public servants....the firefighter listened to this annoying dog for so long he snapped and shot it when no one would do anything, he loses his job, is fined, a police officer commits sex crimes while on duty, possibly with minors....nothing! I worked for the city for quite a few years, I reported my boss to human resources for cruelty, harassment and other things and they sent me a letter saying if I didn't stop disobeying and disrespecting my boss I would be terminated, that is how the city works, cesspool of corruption and good old boys.
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