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Family mourns dog killed in police shooting

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Residents of a home mistakenly entered by police are speaking out about the incident that left a homeowner and a police officer injured.

On Monday, DeKalb County Police Officer Travis Jones and homeowner Chris McKinley were hurt in the incident at a home on Boulderwoods Drive. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Jones was shot by a fellow officer's gun. The shooting also left McKinley's dog dead.

Police were responding to a 911 call about a suspicious person in the neighborhood.

The McKinley family issued a statement through their attorney, Mark Bullman, on Wednesday saying, "The family would ask for your prayers and patience, as they recover; Chris from the gunshot wound, his wife from the trauma of seeing her husband shot and dog killed in their home by DeKalb Police, and the whole family from the loss of their dog. They are still trying to make sense of the events of a few days ago.”

According to the statement, Chris McKinley's 1-year-old son was sleeping in a room next to where officers shot the boxer, Yanna, three times.

McKinley was treated and released for an injury to his leg. Jones remains in stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.

The GBI is investigating the incident.

James Marble has been watching the DeKalb Police Department for some time now. As a member of the group Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment (ABLE), Marble and and others have been working for months to establish a citizen review board for DeKalb Police, similar to the one formed in Atlanta after police there raided the wrong home in 2006 and killed a 92-year-old woman.

"Systemically, there's just, I think, an issue with aggressive policing," Marble said.

11Alive filed an Open Records request with Georgia Post – the agency that regulates all training and standards for Georgia law enforcement – and asked for all available records for the three officers involved: Jones, Quhanna Lloyd and Timothy Harden.

While they're all listed as being in good standing, the records show that in 2012, Lloyd was arrested in Jacksonville, Fla. for allegedly driving under the influence.  He pleaded guilty to reckless conduct, a reduced charge. But according to his Post file, he was still disciplined for his DUI arrest, receiving 24 months probation from the DeKalb County Police Department.

Neither Harden nor Jones had sanctions or investigations against them. Jones graduated from police academy in May of this year.

Harden, a 5-year veteran of the force, completed his firearms re-certification training July 29 -- just more than 1 month before Monday’s shooting.