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Arriving alone at Miller's home, he unlocks the gate and enters the property. As he walks toward the door, Blu begins to bark from behind the house.

Before Tolle sees the dog, he starts talking to himself, saying, "Oh, don't be mean. Don't be vicious."

He knocks on the door as Blu continues to bark and comes around the corner of the house.

Deputy Tolle continues talking softly as Blu approaches, saying "Oh, don't do it, doggy. Don't do it, doggy. Stop it. Stop it."

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He then shoots the dog once from approximately 10 feet away and continues firing three more times as Blu falls off the concrete path into the weeds.

Twelve seconds pass from the first bark to the first gunshot as Gary is on his way to answer the door.

Body cam footage:

Gary Miller: Hey!
Dep. John Tolle: Let me see your hands, man!
Miller: Did you shoot my dog?
Dep. Tolle: He just attacked me!
Miller: You shot my dog?!
Dep. Tolle: He's attacking me!

We showed the body cam video to Gina Greisen with Nevada Voters for Animals.

"That was completely unjustified! He's running up to see what's going on. It's his property. That's his property! But he's not even doing it in an aggressive running manner. He's jogging up to the front. I'm horrified by this video!"

The press release sent out by the sheriff's office after the shooting supports Deputy Tolle's account.

It says the dog "charged the deputy, attempted to attack him" and posed an "evolving threat" from an "aggressive animal."

"Blame the victim!" said Greisen. "We're sick and tired of it! The public is tired of it! Whether it's a person or an animal, stop blaming the victim and stop circling the wagons! The public wants the truth!"

And so did Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly, who opened an internal investigation.

"I don't take the death of pets lightly," Sheriff Wehrly said. "When I was first told about the shooting, I was told by a detective that it was totally and completely, irrevocably justified. I'm very, very glad that that body cam was there."

Here's more from the body cam:

Deputy Tolle: The dog came after me!
Gary Miller: The dog was coming up TO you!
Dep. Tolle: Well, he was barking and growling like he was coming to bite me.
In an interview with Contact 13, Miller said, "If the dog's wagging his tail, even if he's barking and growling, he's no threat. My dog was still wagging his tail when he was laying on the ground bleeding to death."

Darcy Spears: Was this an appropriate use of force or did this deputy go too far?
Sheriff Wehrly: Well, you know, that's hard to say.

Sheriff Wehrly says two recent pit bull attacks, one deadly, created a climate of fear.

"At the time, he was scared. He had a gun in his hand. And, and he used it."

"Because he was scared?!" Miller said incredulously. "I mean that's ridiculous. To me, the man has no control. If he's got no self-control, he's got no business having a badge and a gun."

Making matters worse, the silent signals sent by the remote on Gary's key fob turned out to be false alarms.

Sheriff: He had been sitting on the panic button. But no one knew that.
Darcy: He tells us that the alarm company notified the sheriff's office that it was a false alarm.
Sheriff: I checked that. There was no record.
The alarm company has a record.

We obtained the activity report from Pahrump Central Security, which shows they contacted the sheriff's office and notified a dispatcher named Ashley about the false alarms.

Contact 13 confirmed the alarm company's notes say that Ashley advised the deputy was still en route, but he'd be updated.

Deputy Tolle on body cam: "He said he called the alarm company and canceled it, but we never got a cancellation. We got just the alarm, so..."

And because of that, Sheriff Wehrly says Tolle didn't use the procedure he was trained to follow.

Sheriff: Generally what we'll do is bang on the gate or make some kind of noise to see if there's a dog on the property. But because of this type of call, that didn't happen.
Darcy: Has anybody ever been out to that property for any reason before? Did they know there was a dog there?
Sheriff: No, the property isn't marked that there's a dog inside.
But the Sheriff's office confirmed police had been to Miller's property about a dozen times over the last five years.

On the body cam video, Tolle talks to a sergeant, who showed up after the dog was shot

Sergeant on body cam: I've been out here with this guy before.
Dep. Tolle: Have you?
Sgt.: Kind of an asshole sometimes.
Dep. Tolle: Especially when I shoot his dog.
Sgt: Even more so.
Gary says that callous attitude continued after Blu passed away.

"Ask them why they cremated the body of the dog without contacting me. Without getting consent from me."

When Contact 13 started asking those questions, this story took a very strange twist.

And our findings sparked a new internal investigation at the sheriff's office. We'll bring you those findings in part 2 of this story which airs on Monday.

Raw video from the officer's body camera is below. Contains explicit language and content.

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That guy took that dog out like he was taking out the trash, and his conversation confirms he didn't give a shit and they've employed a psychopath. Dogs run up to people all the time, give me a break.

Joe O'Brien - I'm not a proponent of the police, but i go to a sketchy place like that on a legit call and a lone, unleashed pit bull comes running at me like that? Hard to say i wouldn't respond in that way.

It wasn't a cautious approach by that dog with growling and barking It was galloping at him.

That's how every dog I have ever seen approaches someone who steps onto its property... then they sit in front of you for petting.

I would have done the same

TheFlyingGentlemen - I would have done the same

You're one load your mother should have swallowed.

Lololol completely ridiculous, cop should lose his job. The dog didn't even get close to him. He basically saw the dog and decided to shoot it. If someone owning a dog scares you enough that you want to shoot you probably shouldn't have been a cop in the first place...that cop is a pathetic excuse for a man

Jhay - Lololol completely ridiculous, cop should lose his job. The dog didn't even get close to him. He basically saw the dog and decided to shoot it. If someone owning a dog scares you enough that you want to shoot you probably shouldn't have been a cop in the first place...that cop is a pathetic excuse for a man


Should lose his job and be charged with felony cruelty to animals, if such a crime exists in that state.

angryinch -
Jhay - Lololol completely ridiculous, cop should lose his job. The dog didn't even get close to him. He basically saw the dog and decided to shoot it. If someone owning a dog scares you enough that you want to shoot you probably shouldn't have been a cop in the first place...that cop is a pathetic excuse for a man


Should lose his job and be charged with felony cruelty to animals, if such a crime exists in that state.

Yea he should be charged the same way someone would if they just walked up to some random persons dog and killed it in front of them

RIP puppy.

samichlaus -
TheFlyingGentlemen - I would have done the same

You're one load your mother should have swallowed.
Lol did I hurt your feelings

And these guys sleep just fine at night....

that's such bullshit.  fuck that cop. how do mailmen and  guys checking meters  live with dogs in the yard without having to kill them.

people can say it is only a dog but it show the mentality that is being trained into officers. shoot first ask questions later. that  man shouldn't be fired because he is doing what they tell him. the training needs to be changed

Whambo - That guy took that dog out like he was taking out the trash, and his conversation confirms he didn't give a shit and they've employed a psychopath. Dogs run up to people all the time, give me a break.

Yeah that was pretty fucked up.

"You shot my dog?"
"Yeah man, so did your alarm go off?"
"You shot my dog?"
"Yeah dude, so about the alarm though..."

It's shitty but decisions like that are made in mere seconds.

Looking back it's safe to say he shouldn't have shot that quickly, maybe should have seen what the dog would have done.

I feel bad for the owner too.

He shot it because he's a cop and he knew he could get away with it.

NKcell - He shot it because he's a cop and he knew he could get away with it.


Sadly, this is the bottom line.   Doesn't change the fact that he's a piece of shit, a coward, and should be charged with felony cruelty to animals.



Cops have way too much leeway.  They should have discretion but not to the point of being able to terrorize the public and kill pets just because they feel like it.  

mrblonde1281 - And these guys sleep just fine at night....


They actually  don't.

One of the biggest questions i always have in these cases is why didn't he use pepper spray? I read meters when i was younger for about 5 years and we had this shitty generic pepper spray that we were issued. I always did everything i could not to use the spray but i did have to use it twice during my time reading meters on a couple of very large,aggressive dogs and it did turn them away and keep them off me.