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Police shoot, kill dog while chasing suspect
KDVR (Denver) ^ | August 28, 2012 | Tammy Vigil

Posted on 09/04/2012 11:28:50 AM PDT by Altariel

THORNTON, Colo. — A Thornton police officer shoots and kills a family’s dog he claims threatened him Sunday.

But the dog’s family and neighbors dispute that.

They say the American bulldog-mix never even left their front yard.

Police were in the neighborhood chasing after a man wanted on a misdemeanor drug charge.

The man, Phillip Armstrong-Bowen, was already under arrest when the officer shot the animal.

“He was on my screen saver,” says Vivian Girone, of 8-year-old Scar.

Girone like any proud grandma shows off photos of the dog–in the car, snuggling with dad and out-cold on the couch.

“He was almost human,” says Girone.

But her last memory of him brings her to tears.

“He was bleeding profusely. And he fell in. I dragged him in. I covered his head and I loved on him. He was so hurt,” says Girone.

A Thornton police officer shot scar once in the face.

The department says in a news release: “….a large pit bull started to run toward the officers from a nearby residence. The dog charged one of the officers and began to leap at one of the officers. To protect himself from the attack as the dog’s mouth was open while charging, the officer fired one round and struck the animal.”

“He wasn’t running, he wasn’t growling, he wasn’t barking. He was not lunging,” says a witness who saw the shooting.

But neighbors and family say the dog didn’t threaten anyone–didn’t even leave the front yard.

“He just saw that dog, didn’t even look twice, went boom,” says the witness who didn’t want to be identified.

“I had him since he was a puppy. I raised him. He was the most lovable dog you could ever imagine. He learned to play football. He made touchdowns. He just wouldn’t return the ball back,” says John Lara, the dog’s owner.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do without him. He was just one of us, you know,” says Girone.

But still they wonder why their buddy had to die on his home turf by a man they say is supposed to protect and serve.

“I really want justice just for him. He had no fault in that at all. None,” says Girone.

The family rushed Scar to the veterinarian and paid $1,000 to save his life. But he died anyway.

They say they would have been more understanding of the situation, if the officer had even apologized.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cop; cops; dog; donutwatch; police; policebrutality; warondogs
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1 posted on 09/04/2012 11:28:56 AM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

Stories like this are why my home defense strategy has been rebuilt around a battle rifle as opposed to a handgun or shotgun. The threatening scum sometimes wear armor.


2 posted on 09/04/2012 11:32:49 AM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: Altariel; Clintonfatigued; GOPsterinMA; Perdogg; NFHale; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; SunkenCiv

Title should read “pigs” not “police”. Someone worthy of being called a “policeman” or anything ending in “man” would at least apologize if he freaked out and shot a dog.


3 posted on 09/04/2012 11:35:25 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy
Doesn't sound like he freaked out. It sounds like he saw a target, aimed and fired. This guy must be his hero: Target: Acquired Mission: Terminate
4 posted on 09/04/2012 11:38:03 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

““He just saw that dog, didn’t even look twice, went boom,” says the witness who didn’t want to be identified.”

That why I have a 6’ wooden, gated, locked fence and a weapon by the back door...and I’m -always- out with the dogs.

There will be _no_ -uncorrected- “mistakes”, here.

Good thing the family didn’t have a big ‘scary’ teenage son standing in the yard.


5 posted on 09/04/2012 11:38:45 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: jboot

“Gramma” and the son sure did look like thugs.

/s


6 posted on 09/04/2012 11:44:19 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: Altariel

An officer today can never be so busy as to not have time to stop and shoot somebody’s dog.


7 posted on 09/04/2012 11:51:17 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Altariel
EVERY dog is a potential risk to peeps around it.

For cops even more so as cops are not the friendly guys of yore.

The mere barring of teeth (especially from a LAB) is not overly threatening to folks who can then try to mollify the doggie before closing the distance.

8 posted on 09/04/2012 11:51:20 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Altariel

Sue the pigs. I lost all respect for cops in general long ago, when I found the vast majority of them are lazy time-servers and a sizeable minority are cowardly bullies.


9 posted on 09/04/2012 11:51:52 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Salamander

We always take our two Lhasas on trips. I’m paranoid of getting stopped by a trigger happy cop. One of the dogs will bark like the dickens if anyone gets near the car. So, if we’re stopped my wife is going to hold the dog in her lap. If we’re ever ordered out of the car the dogs will be on leashes BEFORE we step out.


10 posted on 09/04/2012 11:56:21 AM PDT by Terry Mross (2016 THE MOVIE....scarier than any zombie movie.)
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To: Salamander
They are probably lucky barney didn't put a round into them, too. I guess there is more of a paperwork nuisance when you dust a bystander than when you dust a dog. It doesn't prevent them from doing it now and agin, though.

Don't dial 911.

11 posted on 09/04/2012 11:56:45 AM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: Altariel

Why are the police killing family pets?


12 posted on 09/04/2012 11:57:18 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Altariel

I wonder how many points that cop got. The game has gone national.


13 posted on 09/04/2012 12:01:55 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Altariel
“He wasn’t running, he wasn’t growling, he wasn’t barking. He was not lunging,” says a witness who saw the shooting.

It must have been his bad breath because we know that the police never discharge their guns without a good reason --

14 posted on 09/04/2012 12:16:00 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Altariel

Is that you, Chett99?


15 posted on 09/04/2012 12:20:38 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Terry Mross
I'm pretty much doomed if stopped.

This is what's in my vehicle:

If anyone even looks like they're thinking of getting near the car with me in it, 'barking like the dickens' doesn't even begin to cover his reaction.

He's securely buckled in with a heavy duty dog seat belt so he's utterly no threat unless I unbuckle the belt but I can easily imagine some pig trying to boost his testosterone levels by shooting him through the window.

He's my support dog so I have the conundrum; take him with me and risk having him murdered or leave him home and sacrifice the service/support he's been trained to provide?

I should not even have to remotely consider these things *just* to have my dog with me.

America has gone mad.

If, God forbid, the above scenario ever happens, the dog and I will be slaughtered together along some road, somewhere.

No one will vindicate his death but perhaps they'll vindicate mine.

16 posted on 09/04/2012 12:28:52 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: jboot
That's like the gospel, around here.

We call no one.

We can handle anything ourselves, just fine.

17 posted on 09/04/2012 12:31:49 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: freekitty

Because they can.


18 posted on 09/04/2012 12:32:41 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

No, she is not.

She invests a lot of effort to alert the rest of us about what is happening in the madhouse that was once America.


19 posted on 09/04/2012 12:34:27 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: freekitty

“Why are the police killing family pets?”

Because they can.


20 posted on 09/04/2012 12:34:30 PM PDT by MeganC (The Cinemark theatre in Aurora, CO is a 'Gun Free Zone'. Spread the word.)
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