The shooting occurred in a parking lot near a vacant building in Loveland, Colorado in June 2019. The couple, who owns a firewood delivery business, were with their three dogs when Officer Grashorn came to investigate them for trespassing the property. The owner of the property who was inside the building reported the couple to the police.
In a body camera footage that was released on August 25, 2021, it was shown that the two dogs were running towards the officer immediately after he alights from the car. The officer quickly drew his gun and shot the dog twice – one in the head and once in the torso.
The dog was seen collapsing on the ground. Audio from the first few moments of the video was not available, so it was not known if the dogs were barking or growling.
After the shooting, Wendy Love was heard asking Officer Grashorn if she could take her dog to the veterinarian since it is still breathing. The officer refused and said they had to wait until his supervising Sergeant had arrived to investigate the scene.
While they were waiting, Jay Hamm argued with Grashron that he should have used his taser instead of the gun, and the officer responded annoyingly, “Yeah, okay, thanks for telling me how to do my job.” The officer added, ” So if a suspect comes at me with a knife, then I need to tase before I shoot him? It’s the same thing.”
It took 8 minutes for the supervisor to arrive and another several minutes before the couple to seek medical attention for Herkimer. The dog spent 4 days in the intensive care and was later euthanized.