Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -
What happened at a home on East Franklin Street on Monday afternoon isn't in question - reports from authorities and witnesses say a dog, a pit bill named "Cream," was shot by an Anderson police officer as that officer was responding to a report of a stolen cell phone.
But the dog's owners are questioning how the officer responded to the scene.
"He took it personal, and it was supposed to be professional," said family member Taira Gaines.
Deputies said on Wednesday that the shooting incident all stemmed from a report of a stolen cell phone. In the report provided to FOX Carolina by the Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office, it stated that the Anderson police officer was looking for a family member's cell phone when tracking software located it at the home on East Franklin Street.
According to incident reports, that police officer, while searching for the family member's cell phone at the address, shot the dog when he perceived it as a threat.
"All he kept saying was 'the phone, the phone, the phone,'" said Gaines.
Authorities said they ultimately found the stolen cell phone on a friend of one of the people who lived at the home.
FOX Carolina asked Anderson police if the officer should have been taken out of the investigation because of the personal connection. However, police said he didn't have to.
A representative said that he wasn't aware of any policy regarding conflicts of interest and it's usually up to the officer.
The family said someone else should've responded to the home. However, police said the officer did have a right to be there because he was called as backup for the initial cell phone theft case.
The dog's owners said they plan on filing a formal complaint with Anderson police.
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Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
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Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
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Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
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Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
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Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>