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Questions remain about dog shooting

September 30, 2012
Jeffrey Justice, Longmont, Col. , Times-Republican

A few questions I would like answered regarding the "Sheriff's deputy shoots Albion woman's bulldog" story that published Aug. 11.

I was a UPS driver for 14 years. I was charged by dogs many times in my career. More times than any Marshall County Sheriff's deputy, I would dare to say. Yet I was able to successfully and harmlessly deal with these dogs just to deliver a small package. I could have walked up to the Hurd's home in the same situation and handed them a package. Or, if there were a few dogs running about I would have kindly asked the family if they could secure the dogs for a moment. Isn't that the courteous thing to do?

Why is it that some cops like Deputy Dean think a barking or charging dog is an extreme life or death encounter? And then risk injuring or killing the public by firing weapons in close proximity to innocent citizens?

Is it a lack of proper training? Or is this just reckless behavior?

When the dog(s) approached the deputy, he fired a deadly handgun in a residential area, on a citizen's private property, in close proximity to the Hurd family. Can the sheriff's department, or the deputy in question testify under oath with absolute certainty that he saw the background was clear in that split second decision, and there was no possibility of a ricochet? Was the public safe? Was this shooting worth the risk? What if an innocent citizen-one that you are sworn to protect and serve- was injured or killed? What would we do then? What conversation would we be having now?



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