Records show the woman who initially called police regarding the dog that was later shot by a Faulkner County deputy was attacked and felt threatened by the dog.
Katherine Gilliland said she was walking through the neighborhood when Reese's began chasing after her "and attacked her," according to her statement to police.
"Ms. Gilliland stated the dog continued growling and barking aggressively as it advanced toward her," recently fired K-9 handler Keenan Wallace wrote in his report after speaking with the Shiloh Creek resident. "She had a stick in her hand and attempted to force the dog away from her and continue[d] her walk. When the dog continued advancing, Ms. Gilliland stated she pulled a handgun out of her pocket and pointed it at the dog."
Doug Canady, the owner of the small dog that was shot Jan. 4, previously said the woman who called authorities not only pointed her gun at a cluster of dogs that was barking at her but also toward his home.
He said the entire incident began to escalate at that moment.
"I told her she needed to put the gun away because she was pointing it at my house and shooting at my house would endanger me, the bullet also could have ricocheted from the road and hit me or the house [if she had fired the gun]," Canady previously told the Log Cabin. "She's the one who called Faulkner County and I guess that's where the video picked up."
The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office was called to the neighborhood at 4:21 p.m. Jan. 4.
The Log Cabin Democrat requested via the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act the initial call to 911, along with Wallace's personnel file and all reported complaints regarding the controversial issue.
In the initial call to county dispatchers, Gilliland spoke with distress as she reported feeling threatened.
"A vicious dog just tried to attack me," she said immediately after hearing "Faulkner County 911, what is your emergency?"
Gilliland also told the dispatcher she felt the dog's owner was threatening her because she pulled out her pistol and pointed it at the dog. On the recorded line, she told the dispatcher she never pointed the gun toward Canady's home.
"He said I was pointing a gun at his house, but I was not," the Shiloh Creek resident said. "I pointed it toward the dogs that were barking at me. ... They try to attack me every single time I walk."
Wallace and Cpl. Bryan Adkinson met with the woman to gather details about her complaint. At one point, Wallace said he drove by Canady's home while Adkinson continued speaking with Gilliland when he "observed a small brown dog coming out of the garage [of Canady's home] and advancing toward [his] patrol vehicle, growling and barking aggressively."
When he drove by Canady's home, Wallace said the man's vehicle was parked in the driveway. Once he located what he believed to be the suspect animal, Wallace drove back to where Gilliland and Adkinson were to confirm if it was, according to the report.
She reportedly confirmed it "was the same dog that attacked her."
The report also states that when authorities returned to Canady's home to speak with him about the issue, he was no longer home.
As the deputies were leaving the area, Wallace said he noticed Canady had gone back home so he went over to talk with him about the dog.
Immediately after he got out of his patrol car, Wallace said the dog "became aggressive once more by growling and barking" so he asked Canady to talk with him in the roadway to avoid angering the dog but Canady "refused," the report states.
"I informed Mr. Canady I would speak with him in his yard, but if his dog threatened my safely, I would act accordingly," the incident report reads in part. "Mr. Canady began explaining the dog did not belong to him. As Mr. Canady was speaking, the dog lunged toward me in an attempt to bite me on my leg."
Wallace said he was 3 feet from the dog when it reportedly "lunged" toward him, adding that when the dog "lunged," he pulled out his gun "and fired one round into the animal ... striking it and stopping the threat."
Before leaving, Wallace said he left a Faulkner County Animal Ordinance violation citation on Canady's porch, noting Canady "refused to take the citation."
In the video recorded by Canady, the former K-9 deputy is seen shooting the dog in the head near Canady's driveway.
Wallace is seen in the graphic video asking Canady to step into the roadway before he quickly turns and shoots Reese's in the head. At no point does he offer to he help aide the dog as it cried and yelped and ran across Canady's yard. Reese's is seen in the video bleeding from a bullet wound on her head, and when Canady asks Wallace why he shot the dog, Wallace said the dog had been chasing others in the neighborhood. Shortly after, he pulls out a Taser and points it toward Canady.
Several online users have expressed they are "disappointed" and "outraged" with the sheriff's office following the incident.
Wallace was placed on administrative leave the same day he shot the dog. The next day, Sheriff Tim Ryals announced Wallace was fired because of the incident.
Ryals said upon fully reviewing the evidence at hand, he noted there “were numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident” as opposed to shooting the small dog.
“As a result of the incident that occurred [Jan. 4], in the Shiloh Estates Subdivision, Deputy Keenan Wallace has been relieved of his duties at the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office,” Ryals said Saturday evening. “We in Law Enforcement answer calls every day that require split second life and death decisions. We strive to be right 100 percent of the time. Our department is sadden[ed] about this incident and apologize[s] for any distress and disappointment this incident has caused anyone who was affected by this disheartening event. We will keep Reese’s in our thoughts through the recovery process.”
Many county residents have said they want charges filed against Wallace immediately. Prosecutor Carol Crews said she will review a case file on the matter to determine if charges will be filed in the matter.
According to a recent Facebook Live update by Canady, he and his attorney will meet with Crews on Tuesday to discuss the case.
Canady has also created an online petition to take to Crews to show her there is support toward "legal ramifications" against the former deputy who shot his dog. As of Saturday, more than 70,000 online users had signed the petition.
Another report filed Jan. 5 by an Advantage Property manager who checks on rental homes in the Shiloh Creek neighborhood claims the dog that was shot has been aggressive toward him "on more than one occasion while he was checking on a property."
Following the incident, a stream of threats have reportedly been made toward sheriff's office employees, employees of neighboring police departments and also toward Faulkner County dispatchers.
According to an incident report filed Jan. 6, the Conway Fire Department Bomb Squad was called to the sheriff's office that morning after the sheriff's office received a bomb threat.
The bomb squad did a complete check of the facility and found that the building was safe," Deputy Dan Jarry wrote in a report following the threat made toward the department.
No official statement has been made as to whether official charges will be filed against Wallace following the shooting. However, the Log Cabin will continue following this story as details become available.