- An Arkansas deputy responded to a girl who known as for assist throughout a home violence incident.
- Bodycam footage seems to point out the deputy shoot at her Pomeranian when it ran towards him.
- The deputy hit the lady as an alternative, she says. She is suing the Columbia County Sheriff’s Workplace.
A lady in Arkansas is suing her native sheriff’s workplace, saying a deputy who fired his gun to shoot at a Pomeranian operating towards him hit her as an alternative.
Tina Hight, a resident of Columbia County, known as the Columbia County Sheriff’s Workplace on August 30, 2022, asking for help for what she informed Insider was a “home violence” incident. The request for assist spurred a traumatizing flip of occasions that also impacts her at this time, she stated.
The lawsuit was first reported by native station KATV.
“I grew to become the one who known as the cops for my safety to the sufferer in only a matter of minutes,” Hight informed Insider. “I am shaking now simply speaking about it. It simply gave me a whole lot of anxiousness. I am nonetheless very nervous in regards to the police.”
In bodycam footage considered by Insider, Columbia County Deputy Brian Williams, one among two responding deputies, tells the opposite officer, “she’s received some canines in there,” as they stroll up the entrance yard to knock on her door.
Williams stands again whereas one other deputy in entrance of him knocks on the door to Hight’s residence. When the door opens, a few canines stroll out onto the entrance porch, and Hight explains that they will not chew the deputies.
The canines — together with a Pomeranian combine between 8-10 kilos, per Hight’s lawyer — run and bark towards Williams.
Williams then begins shouting, “Get again! Get your canine! I am going to kill this motherfucker!”
The video reveals he then fires his gun as soon as into the air. Hight begins gathering her canines when the Pomeranian escapes and runs towards Williams once more. He fires once more, hitting Hight, who screams, “You shot me!”
She begins writhing in ache, telling the deputies to get away from her. “I am afraid of y’all,” she says within the video, crying.
Williams and the second deputy deny that he shot Hight. At one level, Williams walks again to the patrol automotive after being requested to name an ambulance and says the canine was more than likely accountable for her accidents.
“I shot on the goddamn canine, and I believe the canine scratched her,” Williams says within the video. “She stated I shot her.”
An ambulance finally got here that evening, Tré Kitchens, Hight’s lawyer, informed Insider.
“I am telling the officer that I felt the bullet go in,” Hight informed Insider. “I imply, I felt it was burning. It was like I used to be on hearth. And so they simply brushed it off.”
Kitchens supplied photographs to Insider of what he stated have been Hight’s bullet wounds.
Hight stated she nonetheless has the bullet lodged in her proper shin and the ache is “excruciating.” Hight additionally stated that her Pomeranian was injured by bullet and concrete fragments however has totally recovered.
Kitchens informed Insider this was “one of the crucial egregious instances” he had ever seen.
“It was a scenario that did not must be escalated … it’s by the grace of God and luck that he did not kill one other deputy, Ms. Hight, or someone else in the home,” Kitchens stated.
Within the lawsuit filed in June, reviewed by Insider, Hight and her lawyer assert that Williams had “no foundation to discharge his weapon.”
Sheriff Leroy Martin of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Workplace addressed the incident in a press release on Fb in response to the KATV story, saying the deputy was investigated by the Arkansas State Police and cleared.
“The proof will come out precisely; and the video will probably be in it is [sic] entirety and forth coming [sic],” Martin wrote. “The video will present that the Deputy was responding to a know [sic] residence because the canine aggressively got here at him.”
Hight informed Insider that she didn’t know the deputies earlier than this incident.
Per the lawsuit, Hight is suing for damages, citing medical prices in addition to ache and psychological anguish she stated she suffered as a result of incident. Hight can also be suing for punitive damages, asking Williams to be disciplined to forestall comparable incidents. The lawsuit asks for a financial award for damages “exceeding $10,000,000.”
“Not all cops are dangerous, I am not saying that,” Hight informed Insider. “Simply watch out, even with regulation enforcement, whether or not you are calling them to your safety or not. They do carry a gun, and a few will simply shoot with out enthusiastic about what they’re doing. If I ever needed to name the regulation once more, I might by no means open my door, as a result of I am not going to ever cease proudly owning my animals…I simply don’t desire one other life injured or taken over a small canine incident like this.”
An legal professional for the sheriff’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to questions despatched by Insider. The Arkansas State Police didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark despatched by Insider on Sunday.