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Coney Island Resident Sues Trigger Happy Cop For Firing At Dog

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Elizabeth Villafane, a resident of Coney Island, is claiming in a lawsuit that a New York Police Department officer fired one to two shots at her and her dog, according to a DNAinfo article.

Villafane has three kids and lives in a New York City Housing Authority building. In the lawsuit, Villafane claims that she had been expecting her mom when two officers came to her apartment to execute a warrant and arrest her for a ticket she had received previously for not leashing her dog outside.

Here’s the story from DNAinfo:

“Bubba is a greeter. Every time I open the door, he wants to go out and smell whoever is there,” Villafane told DNAinfo New York.

But the 115-pound hound apparently startled the officer, who ran down the building hallway [when the dog came to the door]. Then Bubba took after the officer, with Villafane chasing after the dog to grab him.

“The worst thing you can do with Bubba is run because he thinks you want to play,” Villafane said.

When a second officer farther down the hallway spotted the canine, he got out his revolver, according to the lawsuit. Seeing the drawn gun, Villafane wrapped her arms around Bubba — but the officer still fired one to two shots at them, the lawsuit says.

The officer missed Villafane and her dog, according to the lawsuit. The suit was filed on December 17 in Brooklyn’s Supreme Court.

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