Tarek Brown, the dog’s owner, filed a lawsuit against the three deputies involved and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation determined that the deputy’s actions were justified however the family disagrees.
Deputies were called to Tarek Brown’s house after his daughter called 911 saying he and her mom were arguing, report shows. After they arrived, deputies knocked on the door and Brown answered within 20 seconds. But 5 seconds after that shots were fired in the backyard. “As I’m speaking to them I hear shots, like six shots that go off,” Brown said.
When the deputy unlocked the back fence and went into the backyard, Brown’s dog Legend ran toward the deputy. “I went in the backyard because they were fighting and the dog ran at me so I shot it,” the deputy said. “I’m good. Just shaken. I feel really bad.”
Brown found Legend was hit in the stomach and chest. “I just see that he has a hole and the blood is just shooting out of his chest,” said Brown. “So the whole time he was dying.” Brown argues that there was no need for the deputy to go into the backyard or shoot their dog.
“Sometimes I wake up and I’m looking for him still. And, I just see Sammy. I don’t see Legend,” said Brown. “It’s difficult.”