Tomlo told the Annandale blog he is filing a civil lawsuit against Officer M. Tucker and the Fairfax County Police. He has also contacted PETA, the Humane Society, the Virginia Citizens Coalition for PoliceAccountability, and additional media outlets.
“It is speculative and not proven that the dog ever charged the officer,” Tomlo says. “He was hunted down to his own front door step, cornered, and gunned down in broad daylight in a residential family neighborhood without warrant. The officers saying he was attacked is a false statement. It needs to be clear that the dog was cornered and had nowhere to go when he was killed.”
Crash had never once behaved “in a harmful or vicious manner,” Tomlo says. “There were never any reports, incidents, or threats. The only thing that had ever happened was the dog got out of his fence. That’s what dogs do. It happens. He was known and loved by everyone in the neighborhood, from 3-year-old kids to a 90-year-old neighbor. Everyone knew and loved him.”
The story published in the Annandale blog yesterday “makes it sound like he was an uncontrollable pit bull running on the loose,” Tomlo says, and a reader might think “this dog was repeatedly running out of control and attacked an officer and should have been shot. But this is not the case. The dog was hunted down, cornered, shot, and killed on my front porch.”