911 Tape Released: Animal Hoarder Killed By Police

911 Tape Released: Animal Hoarder Killed By Police

Donald Moore was shot and killed by police after investigators say he pointed a gun at officers. They were executing a search warrant for animal cruelty at his home.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - He was shot while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. Now audio of the confrontation that led to death of a Cordova man accused of animal hoarding has been made public.

Donald Moore was shot and killed by police after investigators say he pointed a gun at officers. They were executing a search warrant for animal cruelty at his home.

The 911 call recorded the moments right before the shooting.

Moore had almost 30 dogs, cats, raccoons, possums and chickens at his home. Police were called after he threatened animal control workers.

Dispatcher: "911. Do you need police, fire or ambulance?"
Moore: "I got somebody shooting in my house. 10038 Cameron Ridge. I need somebody out here right now."


Moore called 911 around 6:20 p.m. on January 11th. Members of MPD's tactical unit were serving a search warrant at his home off Houston Levee Road in Cordova. Moore was clearly upset, cussing at the dispatcher.

Moore: "You better hurry because some body's going to get hurt."
Dispatcher: "Can I get your name please?"
Moore: "Quit f***ing around. Don Moore. Get out here now. Somebody's going to get hurt. They're firing weapons in this house."


You can hear police talking to Moore, telling him to come outside with his hands up.

MPD: "Memphis Police Department. MPD."
Moore: "I don't care who you are. I hadn't committed a crime. Get the f*** out of here. What are you entering my house for?"
MPD: "Don, come out with your hands up."
Moore: "What are you breaking in my house for?"


Neighbors say police were called to the home before that day. Moore had dozens of animals. Neighbors had complained about the unsanitary conditions.

Police were called January 11th after he threatened animal control officers.

"He went out to the neighbors asking if he got a problem with me," neighbor Ron Schillinger told us in January. "He had a gun so police were called."

MPD: "We're here with a search warrant, Don."
Moore: "A search warrant? Bulls**t. You don't break in. Nothing criminal happened here. You don't have a criminal warrant."
MPD: "We have a search warrant."
Moore: "Yeah, that search warrant don't mean s**t. Get out of here."


Moore refused to open his door.

Moore: "I haven't seen you and I done hear somebody shooting and I don't know if you shot my animals or not."

When police entered the home, investigators say he pointed at gun officers; that's when they fired, striking and killing him.

We are still waiting to hear from MPD if their internal investigation into the shooting is complete.
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