(Scroll down for video) A family was left heartbroken after their dog was shot dead despite being fenced in, according to press reports.
The search for a fugitive bank robber has taken a tragic turn.
Kenneth Conley escaped from federal prison in downtown Chicago, Illinois, last week, and a suburban family said that the search of Conley, claimed the life of their beloved pet.
The dog was about to turn 6 years old.
Kobi, a 70-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback, was shot dead allegedly by a Hazel Crest police officer.
Chanette Weaver said a police official said that the officers acted in self-defense when they fired at Kobi.
She said that she had just put Kobi in the closed in walled garden around 6:50 p.m. She said that five minutes later, Hazel Crest police showed up at her door.
"One of the officers said: 'Lady, your dog is dead.' Heartless," Weaver said. "He said: 'Lady, your dog was preparing to attack one of my officers. They shot it three times,'"
Hazel Crest Police said that the dog tried to attack the officers on a public sidewalk and officers felt they were at risk of serious injury.
Weaver said that Kobi was in obedience training all the time, and it was very unlikely that the officers would have been attacked.
Residents said that police fired first and then asked questions about Conley. Officials apparently thought he was hiding in a house next to the Weavers.