Sulphur officer who shot dog resigns

By Special to the American Press

A Sulphur police officer who shot a dog while making an arrest April 28 has resigned following a joint investigation by the Sulphur Police Deparment and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats said Thursday that the investigation found that Officer Brian Thierbach violated the department’s  policy and procedure regarding use of force and personal conduct and behavior.

Coats said Thierbach submitted his resignation Wednsesday prior to final disciplinary action being taken.

“I am a dog lover and I am deeply saddened by this incident," Coats said in a statement.  "I realize there is nothing I can say that would take away the hurt this incident has caused Mr. Brandon Carpenter. The actions of Officer Thierbach did not represent what I expect from the officers of the Sulphur Police Department. Those of us who serve as law enforcement officers do so with the responsibility of serving and protecting the community as professionals.  The resignation of Officer Thierbach was accepted so that the officers and community can heal and move forward.”

The Sheriff’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into this matter.