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      Internal Affairs investigation opened on dog's fatal shooting

      An Internal Affairs investigation into the fatal shooting of a 12-pound Jack Russell named Patches by a state probation officer has begun / Provided by family


      An Internal Affairs investigation into the fatal shooting of a 12-pound Jack Russell named Patches by a state probation officer has begun.

      The Georgia Department of Corrections confirmed on Thursday that they requested an investigation be conducted on the incident that took place on Monday, October 7th.

      During a routine visit Officer Antoine Jones, who stands 6 feet tall and weighs 280 pounds according to the original police report, fired one shot at the dog after it came running out of the house and towards him while barking.

      In the report, Jones told officers he gave the dog verbal commands to get back but it kept advancing, causing him to shoot using his duty weapon.

      Patches' owner, Cherrie Shelton, says the dog never showed signs of aggression and was not going to bite Jones, which she claims she repeatedly tried to tell him but it was too late.

      Originally the department released an official statement saying Jones' actions were deemed appropriate following an investigation, but on Wednesday Shelton says two Internal Affairs employees showed up to her home without notice, indicating the case was not over.

      Shelton says the officers recorded an interview with her as she recalled what happened the day Patches died and also supplied the pair with a written statement as well.

      In the ten days since Patches' death, Shelton says it's been extremely hard and she often finds herself calling out for the dog before remembering she's gone.

      As a widow of a veteran and a disabled veteran herself, Shelton says she's on a fixed income and can't afford a lawyer for a lawsuit so she's happy the case is being further looked into.

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