Elliot Palmer

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Service Record

Lorain Ohio Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired April 12, 2021.[1]
Last Known Status Active

Incident Reports

2023 Dog Killing

On July 2, 2023, Palmer was dispatched on a report of a dog bite. One dog approached Palmer before leaving. Dixie, a golden retriever, approached next. Palmer, who claimed that he "feared for [his] immediate safety", shot Dixie several times, killing her.[2][3]

The incident was captured on Palmer's body-worn camera.[3]

Response Timeline

On July 3, 2023, the department opened an internal investigation.[2]

On July 5, 2023, the body-worn camera footage was released.[3]

On September 7, 2023, the department exonerated Palmer, stating that "a reasonable person" would have concluded that the dog could "be perceived as aggressive" and Palmer's actions were "objectionably reasonable".[4]

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