Minneapolis Cop Jumps Over Backyard Fence and Shoots Two Dogs

Jennifer LeMay, left, explained to Lieutenant Derrick Barnes what happened when an officer shot her dogs at her Minneapolis home.

The Facebook video is disturbing. A uniformed Minneapolis police officer is seen in the fenced backyard of a home in north Minneapolis.

Two dogs come out to see what’s going on. The officer shoots one dog, then the other.

As of Sunday afternoon, both dogs were alive but their owner, Jennifer LeMay, was facing thousands of dollars in bills for vet care and surgery.

Minneapolis police released a statement Sunday saying an investigation is underway and “at this time, there is no further information we can release.”

The incident happened about 9:15 p.m. Saturday in the 3800 block of Queen Avenue N. The episode was recorded on security video cameras in LeMay’s backyard.

On Sunday evening, a Minneapolis police officer visited LeMay’s home to extend condolences and discuss what happened.

LeMay and her four children own the dogs, Ciroc and Rocko. Both are Staffordshire terriers that the family has had since they were puppies. The dogs are physician-prescribed emotional support animals for LeMay’s two sons, who suffer from severe anxiety.

Police spokesman Corey Schmidt sent a one paragraph statement:

“We are aware of the recent incident involving MPD officers responding to an audible residential burglary alarm and while at this call an MPD officer discharged their firearm, striking two dogs belonging to the homeowner. Anytime an officer discharges their firearm in the line of duty there is an investigation. We are in the process of reviewing the video posted online, as well as the officer’s body camera video.”

LeMay told what she knows of the incident from her daughters and from her security camera video:

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  • Natalie Vernon

    It doesn’t say what the cop was doing in the women’s back yard in the first place?

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  • Lee Farber

    name of the cop?

  • frymanauty

    I would have killed that mother fucker

  • Dorothy M. Tate

    She should insist the city pay the Vet. bills out of that clowns paycheck.

  • Franklin

    Cop was in the back yard seeing what he could steal !