Did a police officer named Thomas Brown try to shoot a dog named "Pepe" while drunk and did he shoot himself in the leg instead? No, that's not true: the story was put out by a satirical website but it used a screenshot from a real news report about a real incident where an LA County police officer was accidentally shot so some people believed it to be real.
In a totally shocking incident, a police officer has shot himself on the right leg, after missing his main target, a dog. According to local officials, the dog (named "Pepe") was barking too loud in the middle of the night, and the police officer Thomas Brown woke up a little dizzy, grabbed his gun and attempted to murder him.
His wife woke up after hearing the shot, and found the dog trying to help Brown get up.
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In a totally shocking incident, a police officer has shot himself on the right leg, after missing his main target, a dog. According to local officials, the dog (named "Pepe") was barking too loud in the middle of the night, and the police officer Thomas Brown woke up a little dizzy, grabbed his gun and [...]
The picture used with the story came from a 2018 incident where an LA County deputy was injured after an accidental shooting at a Compton police station:
LYNWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was injured Tuesday after an apparent accidental shooting, authorities said. The deputy is in stable condition and is undergoing treatment at a hospital. The incident occurred around 1 p.m. at the Compton station, according to a tweet from the sheriff's department.
As far as we could tell no dog named "Pepe" was involved at that tiem and that shooting did not take place at home.
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