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Boerne police officer terminated after allegedly shooting cat with arrow

Lance DeLeon allegedly shot neighbor's cat with bow and arrow off-duty

Bobby, a 2-year-old male cat, was treated for a punctured lung and broken front right leg. (Photo by Avery Bradshaw courtesy of South Texas Veterinary Specialists)
Bobby, a 2-year-old male cat, was treated for a punctured lung and broken front right leg. (Photo by Avery Bradshaw courtesy of South Texas Veterinary Specialists)

BOERNE, Texas – The City of Boerne says it has terminated Officer Lance DeLeon after he allegedly shot a neighbor's cat with bow and arrow off-duty in May.

On Monday, the Kendall County Grand Jury heard testimony from Deleon and from the owner of the cat.

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After reviewing the evidence, the Kendall County Grand Jury chose not to indict Boerne Police Officer Lance DeLeon on felony charges of cruelty to an animal.

After the decision of the Kendall County Grand Jury, the Boerne Police Department convened an internal Advisory Review Board, which is comprised of fellow police officers to review the policy violations.

After hearing the evidence, the Advisory Review Board recommended termination. The city said this board is only advisory in nature and the final decision rests with the Chief of Police.

"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 Boerne Police Chief Jim Kohler.

On May 21, the Boerne Police Department responded to a call for a disturbance between neighbors in the 100 block of Lilly Creek. An investigation revealed that DeLeon allegedly shot a neighbor's cat with a bow and arrow while off-duty, said police.

DeLeon was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals.