Last week, a police officer in Virginia did not contest allegations that he shot his fiancée’s dog in their home and then made up a story that he was trying to shoot a bear.
Richard R. Chinappi IIIa Richmond Police Department patrol officer, on Thursday officially did not object to animal cruelty and falsely reporting to police for the fatal shooting of a 27-pound beagle terrier last October, Richmond Times-Dispatch report.
According to reports, deputies from the Powhatan Sheriff’s Office on October 19, 2021 responded to a 911 call from Chinappi’s fiancée’s father about an alleged bear attack at a residence located in the area. 6100 by Walnut Tree Drive. The house is shared by Chinappi and his fiancée.
Upon arrival at the scene, first responders immediately noted that Chinappi smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated, Deputy Commonwealth Attorney Powhatan Rob Cerullo reported in court while summarizing evidence during Thursday’s plea hearing. When delegates received Chinappi’s statement, delegates said they saw blood splattered on a number of different surfaces in the kitchen, including the pantry and refrigerator. According to the report, they were also able to see a bottle of bleach and Clorox wipes as well as blood stains on the kitchen floor that they said appeared to have been someone trying to clean it.
In a later interview with the delegates, Chinappi reported that he heard footsteps coming from the back deck of the house while he was using the bathroom in the house. He testified that the dog then started “going crazy” and he quickly discovered that a bear had entered the house through the back door. That’s when Chinappi allegedly said he took a handgun from the house and opened fire on the bear. He claimed that one of the shots went through the bear and hit the dog, every report are from Related press.
When the police questioned him about the whereabouts of the dog, Chinappi initially claimed that the bear had picked it up and brought it into the woods, Times-Dispatch reported. But delegates are said to have been unable to find any evidence that a bear had been in Chinappi’s home. However, they did find evidence that a gun was discharged inside the mansion.
When pressed by investigators about the discrepancy in his statement about the bear attack, Chinappi allegedly went back to parts of his story. He said he was actually shooting at a bear in the house but claimed he missed the bear and accidentally hit the dog. He then showed the delegates a nearby spot in the woods where he buried the animal’s remains.
The remains were examined by a veterinarian, who performed an autopsy and determined that the animal had suffered a gunshot wound from a shotgun at close range. Follow APThe vet’s report said there was a “big hole” in the dog’s body.
A patrol officer with Richmond PD since 2016, Chinappi has been on administrative leave since his first arrest. A ministry spokesman told Times-Dispatch that it will “continue with our internal administrative process” at the conclusion of the Chinappi case. He is currently scheduled to appear in his hearing on March 11.
Chinappi’s lawyer, Mark Bongallegedly sent a letter notifying the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Services of the client’s intention to waive his law enforcement certification.
[Images via WRIC screengrab, Powhatan Commonwealth Attorney]
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