A Fishers woman said she can’t afford $10,000 in veterinarian bills after a federal agent shot her small barking dog at point blank range.
Speaking for the first time, Deborah Twitty told Fox 59 News that she fears retaliation by Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal William “Buzz” Brown after the federal lawman wounded her dog with two shots from his service issued .40 caliber Glock handgun.
Reese, a 7-year-old terrier mix, was shot just before midnight on February 26th at the Deer Brook Apartments in Fishers where Twitty and Brown were neighbors.
“She started to go around the corner and barked twice and then there were two shots and my mother and I just started screaming and I went around the back corner and I saw the man put the gun in his holster and then I realized he had shot Reese.”
Twitty said her 20 pound pet was in a harness and on a leash when she was shot from two feet away.
“I just kept saying, ‘Why did you shoot my dog? You shot my dog! You shot my dog!’”
Brown told Fishers police the dog was attacking him and he fired as he backed up, afraid the dog would bite him.
“He’s trained. He shouldn’t have been uncontrollable as far as this,” said Twitty. “I mean, my dog’s not big. If she barks at somebody, I just feel like he should’ve had more control. I can’t believe he didn’t’ accidentally shoot my mom.”
“I was afraid to say anything to him that he would shoot me,” said Patricia McConnell who had ahold of Reese’s leash when Brown shot the dog. “Yes, she barked. She scared him. He sacred her but…kick a dog. Don’t shoot it.”
Fishers police refused to charge Brown or seize his weapon from evidence.
The U.S. Marshals Service has launched a firearms review board investigation.
U.S. Attorney Kerry Forestal told Fox 59 News at the time of the shooting, “I trust Chief Deputy Brown’s ability to make decisions on a daily basis and I continue to trust him.”
After the shooting, Fishers police accompanied Twitty to VCA Cross Pointe Animal Hospital for emergency treatment and surgery to save Reese’s life.
“When this was happening I was telling her how much I loved her because I didn’t know if I was going to see her again.”
Surgeons removed Reese’s front left leg and shoulder and set her shattered rear left leg.
“She’s constantly shaking all the time. She whines. She has to be in a cage. She can’t move around very much. I have her gated off into a little section,” said Twitty as Reese curled up in her lap, the stub of her left front leg barely visible and her left rear leg in a yellow cast. “She can’t be with her family. She can’t sleep with us at night like she used to. She just cries all the time.
“I can’t sleep. My daughter’s afraid. I don’t want to be out at night,” said Twitty, her voice choking with tears. “I just don’t want him to do this to us.”
Twitty is talking with an attorney about suing Brown but the single mother who works two jobs is not hopeful for a settlement or even enough money to pay her vet bills.
“I’m afraid he’s going to retaliate just because this has happened and I just don’t want him to hurt us.”