A Purcell police officer is under investigation by the OSBI after a dog was reportedly shot in McClain County late Saturday night. There are allegations alcohol was involved in the incident.
According to the incident report, deputies were dispatched to the 23000 block of Reece Lake Road where witnesses said a man later identified as 37-year-old Richard Kyle Glasgow, who works for the Purcell Police Department, fell off his motorcycle while driving by the property. The report states shortly after, the witnesses heard two gunshots that sounded like they came from the street. The witnesses said their dog then ran to their back barn with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to its left leg.
The report goes on to say a black, unmarked Purcell Police Department issued Dodge Charger pulled up to the scene and Glasgow got out of the driver seat. “Glasgow stated to me he had his service weapon on him,” the deputy wrote.
Then the deputy said the victim and witness pointed at Glasgow as he continued approaching and stated he was the person that shot the dog.
“At that time everybody involved began to get hostile and I notified my dispatch that I needed another unit to come out here and help with crowd control,” the deputy added.
Glasgow told the deputy the dog ran out into the street toward his bike, so he laid his bike on its side. According to the report, Glasgow stated he then fired a warning shot into the ground and then fired a shot at the dog, striking it in the left leg. Glasgow told deputies he shot the dog with his Purcell Police Department service weapon. Glasgow said he drove his bike home and returned to the scene in his patrol car, the report states.
“While talking to Glasgow I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person, and could hear slurred speech as he spoke,” the deputy wrote.
The report states supervisors were contacted with the McClain County Sheriff’s Office and the Purcell Police Department Assistant Police Chief Bobby Elmore arrived to conduct an internal investigation on Glasgow. The deputy told Assistant Chief Elmore he believed Glasgow was intoxicated, according to the report.
Glasgow was released to Assistant Chief Elmore, who also reportedly took possession of Glasgow’s patrol car, the report states.
Glasgow reported a previous incident with the dog while riding his motorcycle in the same area – stating the dog “ran out into the street almost causing him to wreck his motorcycle with his child on the back of it.” So Glasgow said he told the landowner “she needed to keep her dog put up or he would shoot it.”
Friday afternoon, the landowner Sherry Reece said she believed he mistook Champion for the neighbor’s German Shepherd. “He told me that two German Shepherds were running out toward him on his motorcycle and he had his child with him and he had to swerve and he almost fell over with his child,” she explained. “I said ‘OK I’ll tell Junior. He’s the one that owns the German Shepherds.’”
“I just think the whole thing was a terrible mistake and wish it hadn’t happened,” Reece told News 9.
The McClain County Sheriff’s Office said Glasgow was not arrested. The investigation was turned over to the OSBI. The Purcell Police Department said because of that ongoing investigation, it could not comment on the matter.
As far as Glasgow’s current employment status, a Purcell PD spokesperson said that is a personnel matter that he is not at liberty to discuss.