(ATLANTA) -- An Atlanta teen is devastated after he says cops shot and killed his beloved golden retriever, Boomer, for doing what he's supposed to do: bark.
"I feel like my best friend is gone," said 19-year-old Jonathan King. "Boomer was doing what he was supposed to do, barking at someone who isn't supposed to be on my land," said King.
King said that an officer from the Clayton County Police Department was called to his mother's subdivision in Jonesboro, Ga., to investigate a disturbance. While King says he did not witness the shooting, a neighbor told him that he saw the dog approach the cop and then immediately fall to the ground upon being shot.
Clayton County Police Lt. Tina Daniel told ABC News' Atlanta affiliate WSB that the officer, who has not been named, was approached by Boomer, who "began barking and running" toward him. Daniel told WSB that the officer commanded the dog to stop but it did not, leading him to shoot and kill him.
“Never once in seven years has Boomer bitten anyone,” King said, “and I have hundreds of people who can testify."
Holding back tears, King told ABC News that seven-year-old Boomer had given his family a "sense of security" since their father died of cancer eight years ago.
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