Community Outraged Over Man Shot After Shooting Police K9 In Face

As the community mourned with St. Clair Shores PD, critics questioned the value of the police K9's life over a human.

St. Clair Shores, MI – Controversy over the value of the life of a police K9 dog has been brewing in a small Michigan town after police shot and killed an armed suspect who had just fatally shot a police K9 in the face.

St. Clair Shores Police K9 Axe was murdered in the line of duty while tracking a suspect on Nov. 4.

The St. Clair Shores Police Department responded to the Lakeland Manor Banquet Hall at about 6:30 p.m. for a report of a man with a gun, the Detroit News reported.

There were approximately 70 people at the banquet hall attending a baby shower at the time of the incident, according to WDIV.

The armed man ignored commands from police when they arrived, and fled the scene, the Detroit News reported.

The St. Clair PD deployed K9 Axe to track and apprehend the suspect.

The suspect opened fire on K9 Axe with a handgun, and the police dog was hit, WDIV reported.

St. Clair Shores police officers returned fire and fatally shot the suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Theoddeus Gray of Detroit.

K9 Axe, a four year old German Shepherd who had been a member of the St. Clair Shores PD for two years, was transported to an emergency veterinarian where he was pronounced dead, WDIV reported.

Local activists have expressed outrage about the shooting of Gray, and said they do not feel the suspect’s life should have been taken for killing a police dog.

Detroit business owner Branden Turner told WXYZ that he didn’t believe a K9’s life should be valued at the same level as a human being’s.

“The importance was placed on the life of a K9 officer or a dog who does not share the same rights as a human being in this country,” Turner complained.

He has been selling shirts that read “F--k That Dog: Justice For Theo Gray.” They are available in a variety of colors.

Gray’s father told WXYZ that he was not consulted and had not authorized anyone to make the anti-K9 Axe shirts on behalf of his deceased son.

Turner, who is making a profit on the shirts, admitted that he didn’t know Gray.

“I made these T-shirts to give a voice to the people,” he told WXYZ.

While the publicity surrounding the offensive t-shirts has upset many law enforcement supporters and dog lovers, Turner is not the only member of the community causing controversy.

A failed Libertarian congressional candidate posted an obscene message on the local newspaper’s Facebook page that concluded with the words “I’m glad he’s dead.”

Benjamin Dryke, who won two percent of the votes for U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 36th District in November, said he strongly objected to police shooting Gray after he’d shot K9 Axe in the face, the Macomb Daily reported.

"Because people shouldn't be killed," Dryke said. "[The police] need to stop killing people. This was just a dog."

By and large, the community has supported the St. Clair Shores police and expressed sympathy for K9 Axe’s handler, St. Clair Shores Police Officer Tom Price.

Jennifer Ayers of Roseville told the Macomb Daily she supported fallen K9 Axe.

“Because the dog was doing his job, what he was police trained to do. The man who decided to run, with his gun in hand, and ignore any and all police commands, had it coming,” Ayers said. “You obviously do not run from the cops unless you're guilty of something.”

“If the dude would have just stopped what he was doing and listened to what he was told, both him and that poor dog would still be alive,” she said.

Resident of the area showed their support for the police department on this issue by lighting up their houses with blue lights on Sunday night.

"Light the Night in Blue for Axe" was such a success that True Value hardware store on Harper has had trouble keeping the shelves stocked with blue light bulbs, WJBK reported.

"It's been crazy the phones are ringing off the hook non-stop the last three days," True Value’s manager, Paul Magro, told WJBK.

The local Citgo gas station was selling K9 Axe car decals to help raise money for the police department to replace their police dog, WJBK reported.

A memorial service for K9 Axe will be held on Wednesday at Greek Assumption Church in St. Clair.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office was continuing to investigate the officer-involved shooting of Gray, and the murder of K9 Axe.

Comments (212)
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JBo
JBo

“I made these T-shirts to give a voice to the people,” he told WXYZ.

Ummmm...don't forget that profit thing too.

LindenShires
LindenShires

Then the police ought to withdraw from Detroit and let them police themselves. They can’t have it both ways. Either you value police lives or you value criminals. Pick ONE.

Ellegon
Ellegon

The Dogs served a purpose ! The criminal did too...target practice ! ! ! Slugs for thugs ! ! !

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

Maybe I should start selling a ‘Fuck that thug’ t-shirt

spd522
spd522

Is it too late for me to show up and put a few slugs into that POS ghetto rat? I want to do my share to clean up the community.

Yankee413
Yankee413

K-9 lives matter!

walkintall
walkintall

I'm encouraged....thrilled, even, at the outpouring of community support.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I mean, I love my dogs like family members. But if a situation ever came down to my wife/kid or my dogs, I'm choosing my humans 11 out of 10 times.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

If didn't stop when told to, I'm sure he heard a k9 would be sent if he didn't stop and he didn't stop, If he shot the K9, a human officer was next on his list. Glad he's dead. As far as we know, no listing of a "job" the thug had to contribute to society, the K9 did have a job and gave his life protecting the community

Misery
Misery

I think that its bullshit that these people are going to place the f*kin race card again for another cop killing criminal. And I am so so so so happy that the loser died because now Axe The Brave K-9 Officer can knawl on the soul of his murderer! R.I.P AXE THANK YOU HERO!!

BRAVO77
BRAVO77

He Killed a Police Dog. He was Armed and Willing to SHOOT ANYTHING or ANYONE. The Police Responded in a Lawful and Defensive Manner. THEY DID THEIR JOBS. PERIOD.

Bobb0
Bobb0

Dog lives > thug lives. That dog was probably worth 100x more than some punk.

RodneyNewSr
RodneyNewSr

Act like a THUG,DIE like a THUG!

Mama1959
Mama1959

I agree with Jennifer Ayers, if you're not guilty don't run.

Grog
Grog

Fumigate that community!

D W Lyons
D W Lyons

The pos knew exactly what he was doing and would have done the exact same thing had he been confronted with any officer. He is the one who decided to use "deadly force", not LE. He got exactly what he deserved. As for the "activists", as usual, they just run their mouths attempting to incite more racial issues so they can claim more "innocent" martyrs. You never see the ones flapping their gums and/or stirring the pot standing as the front of the riot they created. Their useless asses are always found cowering in the corner, shaking in fear when they are caught up with!

luvyrpets
luvyrpets

awww boo fucking hoo you piece of crap. You killed a dog! You deserved what you got!

LEO0301
LEO0301

The K-9 would have been on a long lead, and not that much further ahead of the officers. I'm sure when they saw this dead thug shooting towards them they thought they were next on the list. He deserved what happened to him. And the mindless idiots who are defending the thug, this is why no one ever takes you seriously when you start chanting black lives matter.

Moonstalker
Moonstalker

Anyone with any brains would know that it only takes a second to raise a gun and take a second shot. He shouldn't have been doing what he was doing but I would venture to say, he won't do it again

gfc1963
gfc1963

RIP Axe. At least the pos that killed you got killed himself. As for the father - well just another moronic muppet blaming the police for doing their job. His thug son was at a baby shower for gods sake!! With a gun?? Fuck him and his piece of shit son.

SGT_moore_USA
SGT_moore_USA

The man shot a police officer, whether the officer is human or k9...cops are cops. He deserved the death penalty. Being from Michigan I would go shake every officers hand and tell them all “job well done” and offer my condolences towards Axe. Rest easy hero.

IRL_Joanie
IRL_Joanie

Thank You K9 Axe!! Thank you for your 2 years of service. Thank you for giving your life and keeping LEO's from being the target of the criminal who murdered you. I pray that you will continue to protest your 2 legged LEO's from heaven. While I am so sorry that you were murdered in such a horrific manner, I know that your murder saved the life of another LEO on 2 legs. God Bless You K9 Axe!!!

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

The community needs to start selling "Theoddeus = Thug / RIP Axe" tee shirts.

killer93
killer93

That dog was a police officer, I would have shot that battered too.its the same as a human police officer.

JoJoB
JoJoB

Is the community missing the point that the man had a gun in his hand and was obviously prepared to use it? That is at least as big a factor as his shooting the K9. He was at a baby shower with a gun, and someone called the police They didn't show up there by accident and chase him randomly. They were doing their job and he met their presence by using the gun. What else should they have done? Get a grip, people. Thaddeus got his justice.

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

Aw yes poor Theo another Michael Brown N.L.D.M

OldVet
OldVet

The Idiot deserved to be shot anf this a typical response from a Black Community. They have no respect for the Police and think they do nothing wrong

LisaD
LisaD

Justice was served, the prick is dead. 2 days ago in Mantoloking, NJ a white guy was killed by police after he stabbed a police k9 (dog will be ok), we all think justice was served...this ignorant community is "outraged" they can f themselves, prick got what he deserved...

Colombiano
Colombiano

The people that are outraged probably have a arrest record the size of California.

wolfsettler
wolfsettler

Imagine if the people in these communities were as outraged over these criminals committing crimes, as they were over officers stopping them from committing crimes,

Retiredleo
Retiredleo

Even if you think a human life is more valuable than a police K9, the moron had a freakin’ gun which he would, more than likely have turned on the officers....what th hell were they suppose to do.

MelB72
MelB72

K9 Axe was a police officer, plain and simple, this suspect murdered him and would have turned his gun on other law enforcement. People seem to be so concerned about these thugs who continually challenge law enforcement instead of just complying with commands. Rest in peace K9 Axe, thank you for your service.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Wolfsettler says"Imagine if the people in these communities were as outraged over these criminals committing crimes, as they were over officers stopping them from committing crimes"

Hello Wolfsettler- this is an example of the myriad wrongs that exist within the black community as their priorities are not in order or are just missing altogether. Logic, sense of values, morals , beliefs, attitudes and resulting behaviors are in complete contrast to other groups. When these subjects are discussed they look like a deer in headlights or refuse to acknowledge they have problems and instead point to racism as the reason / answer."Compared to the national average, the homicide rate was 54% lower for whites, 14% lower for Hispanics, and 267% higher for blacks. Put another way, the homicide rate among African-Americans is nearly quadruple that of the national average". (CDC). That is 4x the national average. If there cannot be an honest acknowledgement of the problems within this community ... If there cannot even be discussion on a broad scale , then how can this be "fixed" ? There needs to be general acknowledgements of the problems and ALL people need to have discussions to take steps to fix. Both the acknowledgements and agreements to resolve must first come from within this community. No one else can resolve these problems for them unless they take first steps. Calls of racism , ignoring, deflecting, denying and lying will not make these problems go away. LOW_EST IQ is a perfect example on this site as he is too lazy to look this info up for himself as there are myriad examples ......so he instead denies, deflects, lies, and calls others racist and dumb.

Speaks the Truth
Speaks the Truth

Sorry, but screw this guy. The K-9 is a POLICE officer. He would have shot ANY police officer, dog or human, had he got the chance, and he did. This just saves the taxpayers from paying for him in prison for life. Good riddance.,

jakesj40
jakesj40

What a sweet picture of a thug and armed killer. He could have killed anyone at the baby shower and also a police officer. It is time Black mothers(usually no father around) start teaching their kids to respect authority and obey police officer commands.

DiddlySquat
DiddlySquat

Axe was doing his job and sadly took a bullet. Gray was being the worthless scum that he was and reaped what he had sewn. RIP, Axe, your life was worth more than the scumbag who shot you.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

The AHOLE shot a police dog, who the hell you think he was going to shoot at next..Rest in peace Axe!!

magnumforc
magnumforc

A police dog is an OFFICER and shooting the animal amounts to armed assault, attempted murder or murder. Yes, the dog was worth way more than the POS who shot him!

richz
richz

It's not accurate to say Grey was shot because he shot the dog.

Bro.Dugger
Bro.Dugger

Axe was Doing his job Because He was an Officer with the Police Dept. Him Being Shot By this Thug is The Same as Killing and Officer. I am Glad The officers Returned Fire and took This Criminal Out of The Equation. R.I.P. Axe!! As For the Criminal Shot? This Should Be a warning to other offenders, If you Do The Crime you Do The Time, as in This Case It took His Life. It Doesn't Matter if You are White, Black, Yellow or Purple, You Will Be Dealt With the Same Way. God Bless Our Officers and May God Give Comfort to The Handler and The Rest Of the Police Dept.

61mouse
61mouse

Local activists have expressed outrage about the shooting of Gray, and said they do not feel the suspect’s life should have been taken for killing a police dog. ........THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU THINK .Leave that for the BIG BOYS

61mouse
61mouse

But they don't give a shit making money

Krsmith2
Krsmith2

POS..burn in hell you waste of oxygen...

Michi-mom
Michi-mom

Maybe someone should sell some shirts that say, "F%&k Branden Turner."

SnowinTexas
SnowinTexas

If the dipshit shot the dog with police in pursuit then he was capable of shooting at them too. They didn't have time to stop and interview the bastard in order to determine if he intended to shoot at them as well. all of the idiots that are making a big deal out of this whether or not a dog is worth a human life need to get a life, get a job, and quit wasting taxpayers money. He very much deserved to be shot by the police. Obey the police and you won't get hurt. it's pretty simple actually....

Sense-A
Sense-A

Why were the police even pursuing him in the first place? It is completely legal to exercise one's 2nd amendment right. The man had every right to have a gun. The police had no grounds to pursue him in the first place. If you sic a dog on someone then they have every right to defend themselves against an unwarranted attack.

I am a Conservative. I believe in the 2nd amendment. Stop treating American citizens with guns as criminals. If all that man was guilty of is having a gun, then yeah, F*** your dog. I know that if my dog got loose, police officers would put it down for the sake of "public safety." They'll put your dog down. But put theirs down and they murder you.

antioch_jeff
antioch_jeff

He opened fire period, whether it as on a police dog or not. That warrants the police response. Some of the Community's response is a BLM type delusional one, as usual.

K-9support
K-9support

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We support Axe and have a t-shirt that all profits will be donated to St. Clair PD. RIP Axe

tgray9iy3ux
tgray9iy3ux

When you're a dirtbag and have no regard for life then this is what happens. My only hope is that the suspect felt pain like no other before passing. RIP Axe and thank you for your service!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I’m sorry for the loss of the son, but the message needs to be sent, that our Police K9s are just as much a part of our Law Enforcement community as all of us. If this was to be taken lightly, then more attacks on our K9s would be occurring, and it would be construed as “condoned”.