According to Wednesday's KREM News, a man's black Labrador retriever was shot and killed in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, by a police officer who claimed that the dog lunged at him.
The two-year-old dog, named "Arfie," was inside of Craig Jones' van on Wednesday morning - Jones was nearby having breakfast at a restaurant. While Jones was away, a business owner called the police to investigate Jones' van, which they feared might belong to a suspected child predator.
The responding officer approached the van with his gun drawn and Arfie barked at him through the cracked window on the driver's side of the vehicle. Coeur d’Alene Police Department officials have stated that the officer described a vicious pit bull lunging through the window and trying to attack.
Arfie's protective instinct resulted in a fatal gunshot wound which claimed his life - the dog's owner is stunned about what happened, he told KREM News:
This still isn’t even real to me,”
Jones acknowledged that Arfie would bark at anyone who approached the van - he stated:
If my dog is barking and wondering who's peering through the windows he doesn't care if you're a cop, an attorney, or President Bush. He doesn't know any difference.
Arfie may have barked when the stranger, in this case a police officer, walked up to peer into the window, but his owner stated that the dog did not have a mean bone in his body.
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