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Boulder DA To Investigate Dog Shot By Police Officer

Boulder DA To Investigate Dog Shot By Police Officer

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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5:53AM PST on Dec 10, 2011

It is becoming all to common for police to shoot first and ask questions later, and then this is 'justified' by saying the officer felt threatened while in reality it is almost always that the officer has not been properly trained and is acting improperly in almost every case. Is there ever consequences for these officers?? No of course not because they fall back on the statement that they were threatened and therefore justified. THis is not true of course, but they ALWAYS get away with killing people and animals using this defense AND IT IS WRONG and they need to be held accouintable!! I use to be a huge supporteer of law enforcement until this trend started to grow, now I am usually on the other side of the issue feeling that these officers need to be investigated and PUNISHED if this trend is ever going to be reversed!

8:56PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

That officer has no idea on how to react under pressure, he is a danger to society. He should
pay for murdering the dog, it is a disgrace.

1:58PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Being paranoid & having a gun is a lethal combination. Point in case.

3:38AM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

That's just it Penny, he wasn't unattended. The owner was right there on the porch where she'd been since she called the police. According to all reports (except the cops) the dog never left the yeard. This all happened right there in her front yard while she was calling the dog to her. He had his back turned to the cop when that POS shot him.

1:30AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

What a sorry excuse for a police officer. Lethal force should not be used unless he has absolutely no choice. Of course the department says that they "take it seriously." They're just going to let him go with a slap on the wrist. Jumpy people should NEVER be given guns...much less a badge.

6:11AM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

I know this officer was scared, too scared to be a police officer! I feel so bad for the owners, but this is why you never leave pets unattended people! People are afraid of large dogs, they do not know if your pet is friendly or not, poor doggy!

5:36AM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

This person is totally unsuitable as a police officer. I do hope it doesn't develop into the force defending one of their own for something that is indefensible.

1:25PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Fear is Ignorance... And unfortunately this happens far too often. Law enforcement should be trained to handle these situations. There is a local animal control who would assist. Not saying the outcome for the animal would be greatly effected b/c well AC isn't exactly the most humane org either.... this is senseless and unfortunately this is always allowed to happen without any serious consequence for the shooter.

10:44AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Good!

7:36AM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

Honestly I can't believe this "officer" still has his job. He needs a psych evaluation ASAP, and should not be allowed to carry a weapon of any kind. If he shot a dog just because he thought it "might attack him" how do we know what else he might do under stress?

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