Sulphur officer fatally shoots dog

By By Justin Phillips / American Press

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.”