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Police officer who shot dog in Sulphur resigns

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According to Thursday's KPLC TV News, the Sulphur, La., police officer who shot and killed a man's young dog in late April, has resigned.

Before Officer Brian Thierbach could be officially disciplined, he submitted his resignation following the shooting of Brandon Carpenter's 14-month-old dog "Arzy Kensington."

Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats said that an investigation revealed that Thierbach:

violated the Sulphur Police Department's Departmental Policy and Procedure regarding Use of Force and Personal Conduct and Behavior."

He added:

I am a dog lover and I am deeply saddened by this incident,"

I realize there is nothing I can say that would take away the hurt this incident has caused Mr. Brandon Carpenter. The actions of Officer Thierbach did not represent what I expect from the officers of the Sulphur Police Department. Those of us who serve as law enforcement officers do so with the responsibility of serving and protecting the community as professionals.

The resignation of Officer Thierbach was accepted so that the officers and community can heal and move forward."

Shortly after Thierbach shot Arzy, who was restrained at the time, he tried to claim that the dog had tried to bite him and that he acted in self-defense. A witness to the shooting observed something different, noting that the dog showed no signs of aggression.

Prior story detailing what happened on April 28 can be found here.

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