Home-Invader Who Shot Detective's Dog Gets Slap On The Wrist

The 14 year old who burglarized a detective's house and shot his dog in the face, before stealing his truck, has been sentenced.

Jacksonville County, FL – Life came to a crashing halt for a police detective in Florida last year when his home was burglarized, his guns and truck were stolen, and his dog was shot in the mouth by a 14 year old.

Jacksonville County Sheriff's Detective Paul Shaw's arrived home from working a 12-hour shift in October of 2016 to find his home broken into, his guns stolen, his truck stolen, some jewelry stolen, and his beloved pit bull terrier Hemingway missing.

The front door had been kicked in, and when he went inside, Det. Shaw found a pool of blood and bloody paw prints.

Det. Shaw said that he searched night and day for Hemingway, and that on the fourth day he found the frightened, mocha-colored dog.

After 13 months, Hemingway is still not the same, although he has healed physically, his owner said.

Det. Shaw appeared in juvenile court for the sentencing of the teenager who shot his dog and stole his belongings on Nov. 9.

The juvenile was offered a plea deal by Assistant State Attorney Cyrus Zomorodian, who said that no fingerprints had been found in the home, and that it could not be proven that the juvenile had shot Hemingway.

The juvenile, who could have been sentenced to a lengthy prison term if convicted for his crimes, was sentenced to nine to 12 months in a high-risk detention facility. When he is released, he will have a curfew from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. until he is 21 years old.

He also has to write a letter of apology to Det. Shaw, and pay him $4,000 in restitution. The juvenile is never to have contact with Det. Shaw after the letter of apology and the restitution.

The Florida Times Union reported that the dete ctive appeared unhappy with the lenient sentence given to the juvenile who committed the crimes against him and his pet.

“I think I speak for all victims of crime and the law-abiding citizens of Jacksonville when I say that it’s infuriating to know that law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day apprehending and arresting dangerous criminals only to have the State Attorney’s Office and the court system drop cases or impose minimal sentences, especially when it comes to juvenile crime,” Det. Shaw said in court.

In court, Det. Shaw told the sad story of how he followed his dog's bloody paw prints the night of the break-in, but could not locate him.

“You caused me tremendous amount of stress in addition to the physical, mental and emotional trauma you inflicted on Hemingway, a helpless dog,” he said.

Det. Shaw also addressed the juvenile and another teen, who had bailed out of Det. Shaw's stolen truck after they rammed several police cars trying to leave a known drug area. When he was arrested, the juvenile had crack cocaine in his pocket, according to WOKV.

“I’m not here to predict your future. Nor am I here to be politically correct. I’m here to tell you to take advantage of another opportunity the State Attorney’s Office and the court system have given you,” he said.

The juvenile's previous criminal history included battery charges, possession of marijuana, and driving other stolen vehicles.

The teen's father denied that his son was involved, and said that he had never been inside Detective Shaw's home. He said that his son should not have to stay locked up for another year.

Do you think that the sentence was too light? Do you think that this criminal should have to take responsibility for his crimes? We'd like to hear what you think. Please let us know in the comments.

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There was a time in the internal justice system whereby anyone hurting/killing a Police Officer, a child or a woman was dealt with by his peers inside the correctional centres. I'd like to think that he gets internal justice in the detention centre - having brought the wrath of the Police department onto criminals such that he, the juvenile, instigated and is directly responsible for the emotional and mental anguish brought on to the Officer and his family. Old time justice.


the juvenile system is way to lenient on offenders. this kid should have gotten the maximum especially since he used a gun during the robbery. it doesn't matter that he shot a dog, he still used a gun.


alfa1020, you are asking correctional officers to commit a crime that can get them sent to federal prison for violating his 8th amendment rights. I hope those correctional officers ensure the inmate follows all the rules, and enforces the consequences if he does not. This child is already on the path of being a career criminal...he will end up doing a life sentence on the installment plan. Inmates have a saying...What goes around comes around. Karma will take care of him. BTW I am a correctional officer for the past 37 years.