I understand his girlfriend being startled of the boxer but according to this article, the shooting could in no way be considered truly in self defense. This policeman stalked this dog, waiting for him to appear.
This guy has done this same thing before. Isn’t it time that police officials ask what other kinds of bad things he is doing? I can’t help but think that if this man is this evil he must be doing other bad things.
Thanks to the Post Star for this article.
Police investigate shooting of dog in Hague
Official: Off-duty Long Island police officer shot neighbor’s pet
By DON LEHMAN
Updated: Monday, June 4, 2007 9:17 PM EDT
HAGUE — Police are investigating the shooting of a dog by an off-duty police officer over Memorial Day weekend, the third time in a few years that the officer or his father, a retired police officer, has shot a dog in their Route 8 neighborhood, a town official said.
Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland acknowledged Monday that his office was investigating the shooting of a dog that involved an off-duty Long Island police officer.
He said it was unclear Monday whether charges would be filed, and his office was awaiting a review of the evidence by the Warren County District Attorney’s Office before a decision would be made on charges.
“We’re working with EnCon (the state Department of Environmental Conservation) on it, and we expect to have it closed out by the end of the week,” he said.
But Linda Benway, Hague’s animal control officer, said she believed charges were warranted against the man who shot the 30-pound, 1-year-old boxer that belonged to the Coon family on May 27. The Post-Star is withholding the police officer’s name because no charges have been filed in the case.
Benway said the man shot the dog as it ran down a driveway toward him, the day after the man’s girlfriend was apparently harassed by the dog as she walked by its home.
She said the family did not call police or the animal control officer after the May 26 incident.
The officer instead walked by the home the next day with a handgun in a holster, she said. Benway said it appeared the man waited until the dog was in the street to shoot it.
The dog’s owner was in the home’s yard, and at least one child witnessed the shooting, the animal control officer said.
The dog was not killed by the gunshot to the head but was euthanized by a veterinarian later that day.
Calls to the Coon home have not been returned.
Benway said the same off-duty officer shot and killed another neighbor’s dog in 2005, and the officer’s father — a retired police officer — shot and killed a dog about three years earlier. No charges were filed in either of those cases.
“After the third shooting, you start wondering if there’s a little more to this,” Benway said.
No phone listing could be found under the police officer’s family name in Hague.
Residents of the Route 8-Summit Road area had put up posters warning dog owners about the shooting, but the retired police officer apparently pulled them down, Benway said.