The family claims an off-duty officer shot and killed their dog for barking at his Pitt Bull, endangering several children who were riding bikes nearby. Mansfield, TX – A family is mourning the loss of their beloved Great Dane after it was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in a horrific incident that happened right in front of their children. The officer was taking his Pit Bull for a walk in the neighborhood when he claimed the Great Dane “charged at him,” so he shot and killed it, according to a statement from the Mansfield Police Department. Noting that not only did the officer fatally injure their dog, he endangered the entire neighborhood by recklessly opening fire in the residential area—right in front of children. While police officers have been taught to claim that they opened fire because the animals made them fear for their lives, Body Camera footage and witness testimonies have revealed that is not always the case.