ADAMS COUNTY, CO-CBS4 confirmed this evening that Adams County Deputy Wilfred Europe III, that shot and killed Jeff Fisher’s dog Ziggy Monday night, shot another dog during his nearly five year career with Adams County.
Europe’s Attorney, Donald Sisson, stated “That dog lived,” confirming the CBS4 account Thursday evening.
Sisson stated, he had no additional information on the circumstances surrounding Europe’s previous dog shooting.
“He has no prior discipline as it relates to use of force or excessive force and has had good performance evaluations,” Sisson stated.
Fisher’s 8-year-old dog Ziggy was shot and killed by Europe when the deputies responded to an alarm going off in a multi-business property.
Fisher stated an Officer opened the door to his business where he also resided, and Ziggy ran out of the door and that is when Europe shot him multiple times.
Sisson refuted accusations that Europe was at the wrong address.
“The deputies responded to a security alarm call and “they responded to the proper address.” Sisson Stated.
Sisson went on to state “There are four to five buildings that share the same address, Fisher has a business in one of those buildings.”
Sisson continued, “Europe and another deputy first searched a main building on the property then moved on and searched a shed behind the main building. He said they then moved on to check the building that houses Fisher’s business.”
Sisson declined to describe what happened next.
CBS4 obtained Deputy Europe’s account of what led to Ziggy’s shooting. The following is Europe’s account of that night.
“When I approached Fisher’s business, I could hear a dog barking and Fisher opened the door.”
“The dog ran straight toward me, barking and growling and snapping its teeth. I backpedaled about 25 feet but the dog pursued me and that it lunged towards me.”
“I kicked the dog in the chest but that the dog continued advancing on me I feared it was going to bite me. I had no choice; I fired two shots that killed the dog.” Europe Ended his document stating Fisher threatened to sue the department.
What makes the accounts of Europe’s statement in the document questionable would be in the description “The dog ran straight toward me, barking and growling and snapping its teeth. I backpedaled about 25 feet but the dog pursued me and that it lunged towards me.” Europe is talking about an 8-year-old dog.
Most police dogs, and search and rescue dogs are retired at 7-years-old because they are slowing down due to age; so even a non-dog person would have to question, “Where did Ziggy find all that energy?”
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