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Lawsuit expected following fatal police shooting of man's dog

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According to Friday's publication of the Associated Press, a lawsuit is expected following this week's fatal shooting of a man's dog by a Coeur d’Alene, Idaho police officer.

Craig Jones, the owner of the deceased dog, named "Arfie," hired an attorney on Thursday.

Arfie, a two-year-old Labrador retriever, was inside of Jones' van when he died of a fatal gunshot wound on Wednesday morning. The police officer who killed the dog has claimed that the dog lunged at him from inside of the vehicle.

The dog was struck in the chest by the bullet; a photo of the van's window shows a bullet hole through the glass, suggesting by where the dog was hit that most of Arfie's body was still inside of the vehicle at the time that the shot was fired.

After the dog was killed, the officer, who remains un-named, allegedly stated that a "vicious pit bull" had lunged at him through the window. The dog's owner was not in the vehicle at the time - he was at a nearby restaurant eating breakfast.

On Thursday, the Coeur d'Alene Police Department commented on the incident to their Facebook followers:

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department is currently reviewing the officer involved shooting of a dog that occurred yesterday (July 9th) at 821 Sherman Ave. Animal Control officers originally identified the dog as a pit bull. The Police Department had a veterinarian examine the dog and it has been identified as a lab mix.

We understand the grief the family is dealing with due to the loss of their pet. We also understand the distress this has caused for citizens. The officer who shot the dog is also distraught over this incident. The Police Department has received voicemails and emails threatening in manner toward this officer and the other officers that work for the City of Coeur d'Alene. For these reasons the name of the officer that shot the dog will not be released today.

Chief of Police Ron Clark has made it clear this incident will be investigated and reviewed for policy and legal compliance.

Prior story about this incident here.

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