Ex-deputy Jerrod Dooley was visibly emotional during a press conference with his attorney Pete Schulte.
"I wish I could take his hurt away I can't begin to imagine how bad it hurts. I hear her yelp every night before I go to bed. Probably not a minute goes by I don't think about it," Dooley said.
Schulte said as a former police officer himself, he believes the shooting of the Candy was justified.
Dooley said although the Australian blue heeler was barking as he drove up with his dash cam rolling, he believed the dog was friendly.
Candy was in the back of owner Cole Middleton's pick up and Dooley said it wasn't until he got out of his patrol unit that the dog jumped out of the pickup and charged him.
Gunshots cannot be heard on the dash cam video but you can hear the dog cry out after it was shot.
Dooley said he fired two shots – missing on the first attempt.
Dooley and his attorney said that first shot may have caused the dog to turn its head, explaining why it was shot in the back of the head.
Cole Middleton said neighbors only heard one gunshot, but he said if there were two shots, the first would have made candy retreat.
Schulte said Dooley had only been with the Rains Sheriff's Department a few months and he only received a day and a half of field training before he was put on patrol. Schulte believes that lack of training was a factor in the shooting.
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