Adams County Sheriff Douglas Darr said today that a dog killed by one of two deputies responding to an alarm acted aggressively toward the officer who shot him.
Darr held a press conference and acknowledged the deputies did go to the wrong address Monday in 5400 block of Tennyson Street in Denver, but otherwise gave a different account than the dog's owner, Denver television stations reported.
The sheriff said his deputies - one of whom, Wilfred Europe II, fired the fatal shot - arrived to find the door to the business open. When they made contact with the owner, Jeff Fisher, the dog acted aggressively and Europe kicked the animal, but it didn't move away. Europe then shot it, Darr said..
Fisher's account differed. "They just opened the door and opened fire on my dog," he said. He is being represented by the Animal Law Center in Wheat Ridge.
Europe is no longer on patrol duty, 9News reported. The sheiff's office has not returned calls from Examiner.com.
The shooting is still being investigated.
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