Riley, a six-year-old pit-bull mix, was the Cooley’s lovable dog.
One neighbor described Riley as, “He was just a family dog. They could ride on him, play on his back. He didn’t bite anybody, had no bite history, he had all his shots.”
Police officers said this 100-pound pit bull came towards them and was going to attack them as they entered the Cooley’s front yard in Sacramento, California. They said Riley came within four feet of an officer, and he had no other choice but to shoot the dog.
A friend that witnessed the incident said that Riley accidentally got outside when she opened the door. She said she never heard any barking and just heard five gunshots when she was in the yard.
Rodney Cooley, Riley’s owner, was also arrested for assault with a deadly weapon (Riley) on a police officer. He later was released from jail and the charges were dropped.
An internal investigation into the shooting is being conducted.