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Attendees hold signs at Heritage Square in Sulphur Saturday in support of Brandon Carpenter and his dog that was fatally shot Monday by a Sulphur police officer. (Kara Carrier / American Press)

Attendees hold signs at Heritage Square in Sulphur Saturday in support of Brandon Carpenter and his dog that was fatally shot Monday by a Sulphur police officer. (Kara Carrier / American Press)

Sulphur officer who shot dog resigns

Last Modified: Thursday, May 08, 2014 10:59 AM

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.

Posted By: C. R. On: 5/12/2014

Title: Better judgement should be made

I'm sorry that this situation had to end the way it did. However, from what I have read about this misforturne, it's important that in any situation the mind set of an individual expecially one that should be protecting our citizens should not act on impulse but with a sound view of better judgement. Some would say that this was only a dog. but the fact of this matter is that this dog was not just a loyal pet. Arzy was a companion and part of this gentlemen's life. May we all learn from this horrible incident to think before acting.

Posted By: PQW On: 5/12/2014

Title: First offense on the job?

His first offense on the job involved a deadly weapon in which he fired and killed a dog. He should hide in his house but a jail cell. That is where you and I would be had we shot one of their dogs. Anytime an officer fires his weapon in error there should be harsher penalties than citizens since they should be a higher standard for them even though they think they are above the law.

Posted By: JS On: 5/9/2014

Title: What a creep...

Mh...This officer used to be a trooper and had several incidents where his "gun went off". In this particular incident the dog was not hurting him. In fact he petted him on the head before and then pulled his gun out and shot the poor dog. No one deserves this man,woman,child,dog,cat,hamster or anything else. This "officer"
Should not only lose his job,but go to jail as well.

Should not only lose his job,but go to jail as well. " />

Posted By: Henry On: 5/8/2014

Title: @Mh

If you don't know the whole story, maybe you should read about it before you decide to defend this low life. Surely you would think had it been justified, he would not resign.

Posted By: Mh On: 5/8/2014

Title: Why are there no protesters when a human is shot?!?

I'm amazed when worse things happen to humans all the time and this type of response does not occur!! As an individual close to law enforcement agents I know accidents happen with humans and again, not many protestors. I'm amazed. Surely I just don't know the full story. I do not believe based on the information I see in this article he should have to resign and hide in his house because of his incident, especially if it's his first offense on his job.

Posted By: SBro On: 5/8/2014

Title: Good decision

Excellent. Our tax dollars are not there to support arrogance and brutality from our police officers. We expect fairness and discretion from our officers at all times. Professionalism is an expectation, and we can only hope our officers use better judgment in the future. The officer in question should, in fact, face the consequences of his actions, and I hope criminal charges are placed against him and restitution given to the owner of the animal.

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