The Boerne, TX police officer who was arrested on charges of felony animal cruelty after shooting his neighbor’s cat with a crossbow while off duty on May 21 has been fired.
Former Officer Lance DeLeon was fired by Boerne Police Chief Jim Kohler on Wednesday, two days after a Kendall County grand jury decided not to indict him on the felony animal cruelty charges on which he’d been arrested.
The grand jury heard testimony from DeLeon and from Bobby the cat’s owner. Following the grand jury’s decision not to pursue charges on Monday, the Boerne Police Department said they’d completed an internal investigation to review if DeLeon violated policy. An Advisory Review Board recommended termination.
“I have reviewed all of the administrative policy violations as it pertains to this case and felt that termination of Officer DeLeon was justified, effective today,” said Chief Kohler.
DeLeon is expected to file an appeal on his termination.
Staff at South Texas Veterinary Specialists said the 2-year-old male cat was been treated for a punctured lung and broken front right leg. Bobby is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.