I'm a friend of the Wilson family. Below is a statement from Mrs. Wilson, the wife of the officer involved. This dog had been terrorizing this young family of four multiple times over the course of a year. Ben Wilson had previously had to call the police because the dog had trapped his wife and kids in their home. He and his wife are both 25 years old with a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old. Can you image how scary that would be? Mr. Wilson is also a veteran himself and had previously asked his neighbor to tie up his dog for fear of his family's safety as you will see in the statement posted on Mrs. Wilson's Facebook page. This family is being villianized by the public and even threatened by people who have read your story and think Mr. Wilson just ran out and shot the dog without provocation as some of the media stories written suggest. Please read what Mrs. Wilson had to say about the incident and make some effort to convey this to your readers. These people do not deserve this. They were the victims here.
"Ever since we bought our house, which we thought was going to be the perfect first home for us and our girls we have been tormented by this dog. The first incident was just about 2 months after my youngest daughter was born. I was leaving to have dinner at my parents when I walked outside to see 2 very large dogs in my front yard peeing and pooping all over. As soon as they saw me they ran full speed towards me and my infant, barking and growling. Luckily my 4 yr old was behind me and I was able to push her inside and slam the door. The dogs proceeded to jump on my front door barking and growling, trapping us inside for 30 mins. I called the police and they basically did nothing. No ticket for the owners violating the leash law or anything! Over the period of the next year similar incidents occurred and we would either be trapped in the house or car. My husband went and spoke with the dogs owner twice and warned him to keep his dogs on a leash and off of our property. When we saw the dog outside Tuesday after picking our oldest daughter up from school my husband told us to stay in the car while he went to check on our dog, who was on her chain in the back yard. With my husband as a lookout I was able to bring the girls inside, the oldest crying in fear of the dog which she had become accustomed to looking out for before leaving our home daily. My husband then came inside and got his gun as protection for him while he brought our dog safely inside. When he went to get our dog the other one barked and growled at him. He yelled for the dog to go away and the dog only came closer to him barking and growling. My husband is an animal lover. We had 3 adopted older dogs before we had children and fostered dogs from the SPCA while living in California when my husband served in the Air Force. But he was attacked by Rottweilers when he was a boy almost loosing 2 of his fingers and another time came away with bites on his arm. So he knows to use caution when approaching violent animals. He then fired 2 warning shots and the dog came at him. So in self defense, he shot the dog. This was never something my husband would want to do. He was very upset after the incident. He is a veteran and has been a police officer for 5 years and has never had anyone pull a gun on him. After a neighbor told the dogs owner, the owner came outside, yelling profanities and threatening my husband. He had a gun out and put a bullet in the chamber. My husband was unarmed at the time and told the man to calm down. Then the police arrived and took a report. Due to the violence exhibited by the dogs owner, we took our children and left early for our family's home for thanksgiving. The only reason we haven't said anything prior to this, is because the dogs owner said they were going to sue us for shooting his dog. I fully stand behind my husband and the extremely hard decision he made."