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Family Mourns After Officer Shoots, Kills Dog in Cypress

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A Cypress family mourns the loss of a family pet and struggles to understand what went horribly wrong July 5th.

Kevin Fitzhenry describes how his sons went to retrieve a ball and left the gate open. That’s when Gunner, the Boxer, followed. On the walking trail behind the Fitzhenry home, was off duty HPD Officer Mark Condon, his wife and their dog, “When the man said hey! My dog quit sniffing his dog and started walking to him like he’s a buddy. As my dog started walking to him, he pulled out his gun and shot him at pointblank range in the neck.”

In a statement, Officer Condon insists he is an animal lover and that he only fired because “the dog charged us and attacked me, my wife and one of our dogs. All three of us sustained injuries from the attack, which were documented by the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office. I felt I had no choice but to shoot the other dog to stop the attack.”

Assistant Chief Mark Herman with Precinct 4 confirms photos were taken and a police report was made that day.

“We were able to get written statements from the HPD officer and his wife both of which were very cooperative. We also obtained statements from other witnesses that were out there including the owner of the dog.”

Assistant Chief Herman states they are going over the case and will then make the decision if they need to meet with the District Attorney’s Office concerning charges.

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