The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office announced today that it will launch an investigation into the fatal shooting of a family dog by a police officer.
The shooting occured on Tuesday, May 10th, in Erie, Colorado, a small town located approximately 30 miles north of Denver.
On Tuesday evening, Officer Jamie Chester responded to a harassment call at an Erie home. Upon leaving the patrol car, the officer encountered Ava, a German shepherd, in the home’s driveway.
The dog’s owner said the officer was backing away from the dog when he suddenly pulled out his gun and fired.
“He was starting to back away and he just pulled his gun and shot her without a warning or anything,” Brittany Landis, Ava’s owner, told KDVR. “He just pulled out his gun and shot her.” Witnesses say the dog was not being aggressive toward the officer.
So far, the police department has defended Officer Chester’s actions. They claim that Chester felt threatened by Ava because she had followed him up the driveway of another residence.
Erie Police Lt. Lee Mathis told KDVR, “the officer felt threatened by the dog and felt that the dog might attack him.”
Erie’s Chief of Police says that they take the incident very seriously, and they believe the District Attorney’s office will conduct a thorough investigation.
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