UPDATE: A Sulphur Police officer claims he was acting in self-defense when he shot a dog at point blank range. But the dog’s owner and an eyewitness are saying that’s not what happened at all.
It all began earlier this week when two men from Maine and their dog were traveling through Calcasieu Parish, and stopped to take shelter from the rain inside a cargo truck outside the offices of the Southwest Daily News in Sulphur.
The men were in the back of the truck for about ten minutes when someone from the newspaper called Sulphur Police.
The dog’s owner, Brandon Carpenter, says police officer Brian Thierbach came up to them with his gun drawn and ordered them out of the truck. Brandon tied his dog, named Arzy, to the bumper of the truck and explained to the officer the dog was not going to be a problem.
As Brandon and his friend were handcuffed and arrested for trespassing, the officer proceeded to search the truck, then suddenly, without warning fatally shot Arzy.A witness, Eric Midkiff, who works for the Daily News, said the dog did not act out in any way. Arzy’s owner is furious and heartbroken.
“Brandon Carpenter: “The officer claimed that my dog bit his foot, but that did not happen…there are so many different ways this could have been handled.”
Sulphur Police say they’re working with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department to investigate the incident. Meanwhile, Brandon and his growing group of supporters plan to set up a picket line outside Sulphur police headquarters on Saturday, demanding that the officer resign.
We’ll continue to follow this story for you and keep you updated.