Last Modified: Thursday, May 01, 2014 11:22 AM
Sulphur police and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office have launched an investigation into an incident Monday morning that resulted in an officer fatally shooting a 14-month-old Labrador, Newfoundland, golden retriever mix.
The incident took place at 716 E. Napoleon St. in Sulphur at about 7 a.m. The address is also the location for the Southwest Daily News.
Authorities were responding to a call about two men, Brandon Carpenter, 28, and Logan Laliberte, 21, both from Maine, hanging around the newspaper’s parking lot, along with the 14-month-old dog.
At some point during the police response, an officer shot and killed the dog. Witnesses have been disputing the claim made by the officer that he shot the animal only after it tried to bite him.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Carpenter said the officer asked him if the dog would bite him. Carpenter said he told the officer, “No,” and described the animal as an “incredibly friendly dog.”
Wednesday morning, the city of Sulphur issued a news release addressing the incident and the investigation.
“Mayor Chris Duncan and Police Chief Lewis Coats have announced that an investigation is currently being conducted by the Sulphur Police Department, in conjunction with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, on an incident which occurred on Monday, April 28th, which involved the shooting of an animal by an officer of the Sulphur Police Department,” reads the news release.
Coats said the investigation is an effort to answer some of the questions after the shooting.
“Right now, this is an internal investigation that will check to make sure all of the policies and procedures have been followed,” Coats said. “If it turns criminal, then we’ll refocus our efforts.”
In another new release issued by the Sulphur Police Department late Wednesday afternoon, Coats encouraged witnesses with information to step forward to help the investigation:
“I would like to take this opportunity to address the concerns of the citizens of Sulphur in reference to the incident which occurred during the morning of April 28th. I want to assure you that this incident is being taken seriously and is being Investigated thoroughly. The Sulphur Police Department is working in conjunction with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office on the investigation. Your patience is appreciated in this matter and a Press Release will be forthcoming once the investigation is complete. If anyone has rightfully witnessed this incident please contact Mel Estess with the Professional Standards Division at the Sulphur Police Department.”
Posted By: PQW On: 5/7/2014
Title: he was scared....
so he feared for his life and shot a dog that only he says was aggressive. Cops have worn out the "feared for my life" line. Maybe they should find another line of work if they scare so easily.He will get off with no punishment. Let you or I shoot a dog.
Posted By: M. J. On: 5/3/2014
Title: Totally could have been prevented!
According to what was reported by the witness from the Southwest Daily Newspaper Office, the officer already had them in handcuffs. Why couldn't he have just waited by his car away from the dog. If he thought or felt is was aggressive, which it was not, and call animal control to come handle the dog themselves and this wouldn't even be happening. Instead he took matters into his own hands and did what he did and acted a fool.
Posted By: DJ On: 5/3/2014
Title: Your Move Mr.Mayor...
CPSD helping w/"internal investigation"WHAT A JOKE" Amounts to the fox keeping the snakes from the henhouse. This parish "system",including & ESPECIALLY D.A.'s office is a ridiculous embarrassment & known nationwide as such. Speaking of,God bless you Mr.Gerald Pryce!
Posted By: Josh On: 5/1/2014
Title: Cop needs to go
There's already a highly credible eye-witness. Anyone with a brain knows what went down here, as it happens just about every day in this country. I urge the people of SWLA to keep pressuring the Sulphur Police Department and Mayor's Office to ensure that this doesn't get swept under the rug. Enough is enough with these dog shootings. Time to start holding these police officers accountable.