Last Modified: Thursday, July 05, 2012 11:27 AM
A carjacking and foot chase incident on Monday resulted in three arrests, injuries to the carjacking victim and the shooting death of a Lake Charles resident’s dog.
Lake Charles police said the incident began at about 5 p.m., when three males beat a man in the parking lot near the Cinemark movie theater, took his keys and drove away in the victim’s car. They went as far as the Capital One Bank on the corner of Ryan Street and Prien Lake Road. They parked the car on the north side of the property near Fiske Street.
The police news release said officers saw the three flee the parked vehicle by jumping fences through back yards. The officers gave chase.
During the pursuit, one of the carjackers ran through the back yard at 3204 Hodges St. and left the gate open which led to the front yard. The dog belonging to the residents there ran through the open gate and chased the suspect. The dog’s attention was diverted to a pursuing police officer and it began running toward him.
The officer, believing he was being attacked by the dog, shot it. The dog died shortly afterward.
Other pursuing officers caught the three they were chasing — Donnie Leonard, 19, of 140 Reggie Road in Duson and two juveniles. They each face charges of carjacking, simple robbery and resisting arrest.
Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said Tuesday that the carjacking victim was treated and released at a local hospital.
The news release said there will be a police internal investigation into the shooting of the dog, named Monkey, who was owned by Chris Crochet.
Posted By: Frances Jones On: 7/10/2012
Title: A Scared Cop
If a police officer is that easily scared he does not need to be in possession of a firearm. He obviously cannot be trusted to use good judgement in any situation. My uncles were all cops so don't go calling me a cop basher. But SOME people, like this man, are not cut out for the job. Their cajones are just too small for sound judgement. He should be disarmed and fired immediately before he does this to another innocent animal or even an innocent by-stander.
Posted By: michael trahan On: 7/4/2012
Title: charge the thugs for the dogs death poated by larry germaine
dear larry you need to get your fax stright 1st of things it was not a PIT BULL AND THE 2ND THING IF IT WAS MY DOG U SHOT ILL BE LOOKING FOR U y is it all the time ppl say pit bulls i got a pit bull an he is 12 1/2 yrs old he is a very good dog it is how u train them a pet is like 1 of my kids u dont think a lab will bite u
a mutt will bite u to so get off the pit bulls
Posted By: Larry Germaine On: 7/4/2012
Title: Charge the thugs for the dogs death
This is not the cops fault they have to protect themselves. This is tragic for the family and the officer who had to shoot the family's dog. The suspects are 100% the blame. Before someone says it....NO I am not a cop and not a relative, I am a citizen of the city and am tired of people blaming police who are risking their lives to protect us instead of the thug criminals who are responsible for all the events that take place. Just because it's a family dog who doesn't know it's the police and not a criminal still does not mean the cop has to just stand there and take a biting from a pit bull, I mean really? The family has a right to be outraged but they are directing it at the wrong people. It's do easy to go after police as the fault because they know the criminal doesnt care and doesn't have deep pockets for a law suit, so let's blame those that care AND make them pay us cause it's easier....SMH at where society is going