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A Sulphur, Louisiana police officer is under investigation after the fatal shooting of a dog last week. While the officer claims the shooting was in self-defense, witnesses are disputing that claim.
Brandon Carpenter, a traveling musician from Portland, Maine, along with his 14-month-old Newfoundland-Labrador-golden retriever mix, and his friend, Logan, had just arrived in Sulphur by train. Seeking shelter from the rain, the trio hopped into the back of an empty box truck in the parking lot of the Southwest Daily News newspaper.
About 10 minutes later, they were ordered by a police officer, at gunpoint, to get out. When the officer told Carpenter to secure his dog, he tied the 90-pound dog, named Arzy Kensington, to a nearby fence using the dog’s 4-foot leash.
The officer asked Carpenter if his dog was friendly and, according to an eyewitness, then approached the dog, whose tongue was out and tail wagging, and pet him for a few seconds.
About 20-seconds later, Carpenter, who was handcuffed and ordered on the ground, facing away from his dog, heard the fatal gunshot.
The officer claims that Arzy tried to attack him, but the witness, a newspaper employee that watched the entire incident unfold, says the dog simply playfully bumped into him. The witness explained to KPLC TV, “The dog never growled or bared its teeth, never bit the officer.”
Carpenter and his friend were charged with vehicular trespassing and released a few hours later.
Meanwhile, Carpenter is devastated over the brutal and unnecessary killing of his beloved, gentle dog.
“All he had to do is take one giant step back,” he said in a phone interview with Southwest Daily News on Tuesday. “Why didn’t he ask me to move the dog or just take one big step back if he was uncomfortable?”
Good job officer. another flea ridden piece of crap dog gone. The guy shouldn’t have been in the truck to begin with. Dogs are not people or children…they are things. Glad the officer is OK and I hope he gets counseling at the dig owners expense.
@Jockopfw u will never get it, i feel sorry for pity scumb like you.
Better a dog than a psychopath. Here, read about yourself: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2014.01.016
This makes me sick. This is the worst I’ve heard of these incidents. He petted the dog, then when the owner is down and handcuffed the asshole kills the dog. I am convinced this idot killed this dog for the sake of killing. The dog was tethered on a short four foot leash, which after being tied to something shortens it further. He petted the dog then it turns aggressive and tries to attack him? Bullshit. That’s just not going to happen. He needs to go down, hard. Fired, and removed from the police force entirely. There are far too many of these cases out there. It’s becoming acceptable among the police in some places. I cannot express the depth of my hatred for these people that do this.
So sorry for ur loss Brandon… Arzy run free baby and watch over ur daddy, he’s heartbroken over this as we all are, to watch ur fur baby with blood all over and batting at his head with his paw and not being able to do anything is devastating, fire this so called cop
omg… the dog is not dangrrous… just a coward of policeman with out brain.. he is dangerous.. today it’s a dog tomorow a chidren or an hupman.. remove licence.. dont need this guy on police..
If what I read about this incident is correct,I believe this walloper should lose his job. NO one with this lack of sensitivity should have any authority over the population of any town or city. To give this man a gun beggers belief. In Australia he’d be well advised to resign, and leave town.
We need to hold officers of the law accountable for their actions as well as civilians IF they perform non-regulatory actions. Shooting an innocent animal should carry the same harsh penalties as shooting an innocent person. “Your badge, officer?”
Here’s the petition to have this trigger happy cop fired!
The dog was TIED!! How can a dog that is tied up be a threat to anyone?? VERY VERY WRONG OF THIS OFFICER!!!! RIP poor baby and many thoughts to your owner!
There has NEVER been an aggressive Golden Retriever or Lab, EVER! They don’t have it in them.
I want this asshole to answer for this, he should be charged and lose his job. This was murder. But I must counter your claim that there has never been an aggressive golden. American Temperament Testing Society tests different breeds every year. There have been annual reports in the past that have ranked goldens as one of the highest fails. This past year had 15% of them fail the testing. So never just isn’t so. That said, they aren’t the highest by far this past year.
There is no such thing as an aggressive breed of dog. NONE, no BREED is aggressive, but some dogs are, and its usually fear based, as you would react if you were afraid, fight or flight. I was bit hard, Hard in the thigh by a yellow lab. Labs and Golden retrievers and a handful of the other “family dogs” are consistently in the top ten or top five of the bite report lists.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Bastard cops…uncalled for
the owner even said “All he had to do is take one giant step back,”
How often do police have that luxury? Honestly.. Do they have the time to do that? “We have a bank robber.. ok everyone.. let’s take one GIANT step back.. and perhaps they will not shoot everyone.” No.. Police are ON CALL at ALL TIMES.. why?? because WE demand they are that way. If you are upset that this cop got an itchy trigger and shot a dog he “THOUGHT” was aggressive because he bumped him wanting to be petted.. then THANK YOU COP! Had this guy not broken the law in the first place.. his ‘beloved’ animal would not have been in jeopardize. HE caused this HE broke the law.. HE trespassed. HE did not give enough information about the dog for the officer to be calm and at ease… this is not the Dogs fault.. it is not the cop’s fault.. it is the OWNER’s fault and HE should feel like an ass and like a PET KILLER.. not the cop… cop was doing what he should do.
The “Cop” was sure the fuck NOT doing what he was supposed to do! Just another asshole with a badge and a complex. Should be fired on the spot, and I wouldn’t doubt you are one of this PET KILLER’s friends who are trying to retaliate against the VICTIM.
Taking a step back would have given him a second to think – what you should do instead of COWARDLY blasting a tethered dog with your gun.
If the asshole hadn’t shot and MURDERED the dog it’s doubtful they would have even been charged with a crime. They were getting out of the rain not anything menacing! Sounds like by taking a week now to research this the police are trying to cover their asses. I hope he gets the Lexus Project behind him and sues this department.
Dogs can’t be murdered because they are not people. They are filthy, vile creatures. This rabid dog and irresponsible owner are to blame. Give the officer a raise and more ammo.
No one will ever change your ignorant opinion, which you are entitled to. However…..any living creature can be murdered. Not just humans. Silly human, your life isn’t the only life that matters. If you think dogs are filthy, vile creatures….what does that make humans? Statistically, humans spread more disease and bad germs than any dog ever has. Oh and when you give that officer a raise and more ammo, perhaps he could eliminate more ignorant people too.
why don’t you take one giant step back and go fuck yourself asshole! and while your at jump off a cliff! your the kind of sicko that tortures small animals aren’t ya!?
Hey MANda…..go fuck yourself. Lord knows you’re so homely , only you and a stick of batteries would go near you, you vile, dog humping whore.
Did you even get through high school, Vinnie? You sound like an idiot. Not all cops are bad, but it is pretty clear this one was totally off base. Cops who shoot animals who are not seriously under attack should be held liable and fired, period. It just goes to show he is a coward and does not deserve to have a badge.
This was not a bank robber you dumb ass this was a TIED UP dog!!!!
If the officer approached and pet the dog, how can he say the dog was attacking him? Yes they shouldnt have been in the back of the truck, but they complied with the officer’s request to vacate the truck and secure the dog. How do you figure it was the owner’s fault the dog died? Most dogs that are very friendly will bump you to resume petting them when you stop.
Hey Vinnie~ take a hike. A criminal isn’t normally tied to a fence or pole are they? Seriously, think about what you said! Of course a bank robber with free range of mobility and a possible weapon is a potential threat, BUT a dog that the officer thought was friendly enough to walk up to and pet then all of a sudden felt the need to shoot (once the owner couldn’t see) just proves that he has an “Above the law” attitude. I for one do not want that type of person looking out for me…what happens if I get pulled over for something trivial and he “thinks” I became aggressive, does that give him the right to use unnecessary force? I think not. Think before you get all jazzed up and start supporting a person that you don’t know – if you do know that person then maybe this isn’t the place for you to put your opinion…
If the police officer didn’t engage the dog this whole thing wouldn’t have happend. He petted the dog which was a mistake. The dog responded playfully and he shot him to death. He shouldn’t have approached a dog he saw for the first time if he was a person that panics easily. The cop who did this is an complete idiot. Idiots shouldn’t be handle guns.
All of you are so adorably biased.. Love every one of you! lol.
Carol A Fickenschersays:
I DO NOT AGREE WITH YOU! ARE YOU A COP TO BE DEFENDING ONE? THERE ARE TOO MANY TRIGGER HAPPY COPS WHEN IT COMES TO NEEDLESSLY KILL ANIMALS! HE SHOULD BE FIRED!!!!!
Wow. You people really hate police officers. Cannot believe the total off the wall disregard for those who fight the good fight… everyday. Whether or not this particular shooting, by this particular officer, was a necessary action, I really do not know, yet the majority of those posting seem to believe whatever they are told. How can anyone really appreciate your hang him high mentality? How do you know what events transpired and why? It’s horrible for an officer to have to use deadly force, it takes a huge mental toll on their lives. Some humans misuse their pets and make them seem aggressive, even when they are not. You should walk in a police officer, social worker or military person’s shoes. Think before you attack …. yes? Grab a serial killer and you see their practice kills were generally animals. Yet when asked to support the death penalty, folks think its inhumane. What of the children who are victimized everyday, all over the world? Maybe you can direct a bit of your passion to speak for them. Truly they are helpless … even more so. From an animal lover, wife, mother of four. AND a survivor of the inhumanity of the true degenerates. Try getting the whole picture, before you beat a police officer down so harshly.
Wow. You people really hate police officers. Cannot believe the total off the wall disregard for those who fight the good fight… everyday. Whether or not this particular shooting, by this particular officer, was a necessary action, I really do not know, yet the majority of those posting seem to believe whatever they are told. How can anyone really appreciate your hang him high mentality? How do you know what events transpired and why? It’s horrible for an officer to have to use deadly force, it takes a huge mental toll on their lives. Some humans misuse their pets and make them seem aggressive, even when they are not. You should walk in a police officer, social worker or military person’s shoes. Think before you attack …. yes? Grab a serial killer and you see their practice kills were generally animals. Yet when asked to support the death penalty, folks think its inhumane. What of the children who are victimized everyday, all over the world? Maybe you can direct a bit of your passion to speak for them. Truly they are helpless … even more so. From an animal lover, wife, mother of four. AND a survivor of the inhumanity of the true degenerates.
This time there was a witness!!! I think some officers just have an abuse of power complex…I do believe in the death penalty just to bad may states don’t!!!
If the officer is too stressed to do his or job maybe he needs a day off. Who knows who or what he will shoot next time.
If you are too stressed to blog…don’t. You dog bumpers are f’en stupid. Down with the dogs!
If you don’t like dogs, don’t you have something better to do with your time than troll this site?
There have been several stories since last summer about police taking the lives of dogs that in no way were threatening. Dogs are part of people’s families!!!
I believe, since officers have to transport dogs and deal with situations involving them daily, officers should be required to take basic courses in animal training and sensitivity because there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of logic or common sense being used. It angers me. We pay taxes for a police force to protects us – not to shoot down this young man’s obidient, friendly dog or for a Dever policeman to stand over a dog that is in shock and dying for 90 minutes, letting the dog die a painful death and threatening to arrest the kind people who wish to assist the dog. Shame on these murderers – grown men who are probably afraid of getting bitten where dog behavior signs show no signs of such behavior.
The cop needs to be fired! This needs to be on change.org to petition the cops firing! This is very tragic for the owner.
Mrs Louise Thornesays:
This cop jumped to conclusions! He’s a ticking bomb! He will get someone killed next. My dad, grandfather, an husband were cops! They wouldn’t want this jerk for backup. He was told the dog was friendly yet he shot a dog
That was tied up. He is a animal hater. Simple as that. A tough ass an doesn’t belong on this job! He should be fired! Very disturbing!
I agree there are way too many cases like this lately and no penalties given.
I have a service dog and at least I know if a SOB trigger happy cop-and not all of them are-should shoot him at least I can put the feds on him, if I don’t kill him first, for interfering and deliberately killing/maiming a service dog AND the local cops wouldn’t have to worry about their so-called investigation.
This is the second one I’ve heard about where a policeman shot and killed a dog for no good reason! What is it, has the power gone to their heads when they have a gun in their hands! They should never be allowed to have a weapon again! Put them on desk duty the rest of their lives or arrest them, we’re trying to stop all this abuse and the very people who are suppose to protect and serve, yeah right, can’t even trust them either!
This was the fourth story I heard of a cop shooting an animal just this week. Don’t they have better things to do than shooting a dog. In Ohio an officer shot and killed 5 kittens in front of small children who were standing no more than 10 to 15 feet away. Now what would have happened if one of those shots ricocheted and hit one of the children. These people who are to protect and serve only seen to be mentally incompetent and need to be relieved of duty
It is getting frightening how police departments all over the country are shooting harmless animals. Wondering if they are “practicing” on animals and what will happen if an unarmed human stands up to a police officer. The US government is giving police departments leftover armament and bullet proof vehicles from the military and Homeland Security bought more bullets than the Army last year. Why? It is scary. I have little dogs who will bark at anyone entering the yard. They are fenced but I wonder if that would stop a police officer from killing them. Destroying our beloved animals is a way to destroy our spirits and break down morale in average people.
I agree with the lady that all cops need to have their guns taken away.
The cops have gotten power happy. And if they think for one minute that they
can get away with something they will. I’m sick and tired of them pushing people around. I feel for the gentleman that lost his dog. I think the cop should do time. After all the dog has rights too. And being shot is not one of them. I hope that the gentleman get the help that he needs to get over this. I will pray for him. God be with you on your journey.
Dear Mr. POS police officer, you are lucky that wasn’t MY dog…. Because one day, like this guy, I would be out of jail. This is not a threat, this is a promise, I would hunt you down like the animal that you are and put you out of every bodies misery!!!!! Rant over!!!
I am with you Rick…..I keep hearing this over and over…tied dogs…dogs in fenced in yards..there is no reason for these killings…even saw a video of an so called officer beating his K 9 dog while lifting him up by his leash…then beating him in the stomach..when he would set him down the dog would sit and he would pull him up by the chain and beat him again…there is a cop I would love to run into with a nice club and a chain…this is on video..he will get a slap and paid leave…he should be beaten to death…and so should these cops killing dogs ..the dog was tied…he went over to pat that dog deliberately…the dog moved..brushed him..and it was an excuse to kill the poor animal…punishing the poor man he had in handcuffs…enough already….I would hunt him down as well…and shoot him in various places that wouldn’t kill him..but absolutely leave him to suffer and die….there is NO Need of this…
The real sad thing is that even though there were two eyewitnesses to this senseless and criminal killing, the Police Department is still investigating what happened more than one week after its occurrence. To top it off, the supporters of the criminal officer that did this horrible thing have turned agains the eye witnesses and are now villifying Brandon’s lifestyle, and calling for the boycott of all businesses that support Arzy the victim of the psychopath officers ‘ actions.
ok i cannot type today sorry i was trying to say all the cops need to be disarmed they are too trigger happy.
ew cops who cannot control their trigger finger need to be disarmed!!!!!! they cannot be trusted this epidemic needs to stop this is bs!!!!!
I can’t agree more not every police officer is out to shoot helpless pets. Just the ones that want to see what its like to kill. My son would never shoot a pet he loves dogs and the bigger the better he likes them. He is a police officer and a marine veteran. He saw to much death and saids life is better than ending a families beloved pet. But I hope this police officer loses his job over this .
Give an asshol- a gun and they become a dangerous asshol-. dog is tied up for god sakes, I would love to know the outcome of this so called investgation
I for one am tired of these stories. They shoot first, ask questions later. The dog was tied to the fence. This officer should lose his job and pension, and go to jail. There should be a requirement for all officers to have tasers. How many stories do we have to read about the killing of innocent family pets, or unarmed people. The time has come to put an end to this! I would also suggest that all officers have a hat or shoulder cam, so that the truth always comes out, no witnesses needed!
It seems cops are taking up killing dogs as a pass time and it’s absolutely fucking infuriating.
If we’re cracking down on sickos who get animals off Craiglist to kill and torture and things like that, then we need to look at another problem that is becoming apparent here and that’s the fucking police shooting dogs left and right with no justifiable cause.
There is never a justifiable cause to shoot an animal in the fucking head or do anything to critically wound or kill it.
I’ve yet to see one of these stories where the dog was even being ferocious or aggressive. And that’s really fucked up.
These shitheads need to get a training course to teach them how to tackle dogs or spray them with something non-harmful.
Tax money would go to something good, instead of buying them some new trucks and cars.
It’s sickening how just a while ago when a police force dog got fatally wounded in a shooting (which they should have had the dog-bullet proof vest on, but whatever) and they were so sad and honoring the dog… Yet here we are with another story about them shooting passive dogs and claiming some bullshit self-defense.
I really just don’t understand how their first step is to grab their gun and shoot the dog in the head or something. It’s a dog. There are other ways to deal with it, IF it is actually being aggressive. I’ve seen my dad tackle an angry dog off of his own dog and hold the dog down – GENTLY NO LESS – until the owner could get it.
In this case, WHY COULDN’T HE JUST STEP BACK FROM THE LEASHED DOG? There was literally no reason for using the gun.
Sure not all cops are like this, but it’s becoming more and more common – this abuse of power. And it’s not just on dogs.
Another goddamned asshole shooting a friendly, LEASHED dog. SONOFABITCH this pisses me off. Are there nothing but fucking IDIOTS down in La., trying to play cops? Looks like a bunch of backwater, bass ackwards morons!!! Since there was a witness to prove the pig is lieing, then the case is cut and dried!! The fucking asshole just wanted to be Billy Bad Ass, and kill the guy’s dog!! Lock that piece of shit pig up for life without, and make damn sure his ass is reemed really good while there.
Stop labeling all police officers as trigger happy or sick. I am a retired officer and never shot or injured a animal (of any type) even after they bit me. I saved many animals and took them to the emergency clinic and paid for the care out of my own pocket…and would do the same today. The real issue is this person should not be a police office. He has proven himself to be a member of the absolute scumbag club. Any person who would shot a tied up dog (aggressive or not) is a complete a$^%$%^#. He should be fired and brought up on animal cruelty charges. If the State won’t prosecute, let the city hire a lawyer to bring him to justice. People who abuse animals do much worse, this has been proven. Stop the abuse.
Gretchen…..I am a former police officer, too and I couldn’t agree with you more.The has been a lot of this lately, but it should no way reflect on the majority of police officers.
I agree that not all Police officers are like this, but in the vast majority of these cases, the department backs up the officer and nothing is done. A few owners have pursued legal cases and compensation in the tens of thousands of dollars has been paid but this is still rare. This Asshole cop doesn’t deserve to wear any uniform or be allowed carry a firearm. He should be sacked and charged, but will it happen? Going on past evidence, I doubt it. It only takes one case like this to bring the police reputation down lower than bankers -This is why I won’t be visiting America again!
Every decent cop in the country should call for his termination and prosecution. That would eliminate the labeling!
first of all i have had labs and grew up with a newfoundland and neither are
aggressive what is wrong with so called police that supposed to protect self defense of what him licking you to death. you need courses on seeing a truly
aggressive dog and over friendly puppy , a PUPPY. I am mad as hell, he needs to lose his job
Shared Seems as though the cops must work there with no guns,they all seem to be trigger happy,so before they wipe out their families please remove their guns,Thecops there are totally useless i av to say ,cus if he can shoot a poor baby tied to a fence,he needs to be shot himself,did he really expect to get away with this;EVIL BASTARD
These stories are becoming more and more frequent and break my heart to hear that these officers really don’t CARE! They all need to go through training on how to handle a situation with an animal (dog) is involved. They all seem to be trigger happy and make excuses for what they did and there really is NO excuse for what they did. They should be charged with felony animal cruelty and lose their jobs. I have pets of my own and would be totally devastated if something like that happened to any of my pets. This person should sue the officer for what he did and I hope you loses his job and is charged with felony animal cruelty.
NOW. COME ON TELL ME THAT THESE COPS ARE NOT JUST A WEEE BIT CRAZY AND TRIGGER HAPPY. THERE ARE A LOT OF ROTTEN APPLES IN ALL POLICE FORCES THAT NEED TO BE GOTTEN
RID OF BUT THEY JUST KEEP THEM ON THE FORCE. THE ONES THAT KILL THE INNOCENT DOGS ARE
THE SAME LOONEY TUNES THAT SHOOT INNOCENT PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE DOING NOTHING WRONG. THEY THINK THEY ARE OUT IN THE WILD WILD WEST OR SOMESTIHG AND JUST START SHOOTING LIKE A CRAZY PERSON. WE DO NOT NEED THIS KNID OF LAW INFORCEMENT ANY PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES . SEND THIS ASS WIPE TO FIGHT THE WAR SINCE HE LIKES TO KILL SO MUCH THEN HE CAN ENJOY HIMSELF WHILE HELPING HIS COUNTRY. HE IS A WORTHLESS PIECE OF SHIT
You just hit nail right the head!!!
That’s just what should happen to ass holes like this. Or tied up then shot.
ANOTHER KILLER ON THE LOOSE WITH A GUN,,,THAT IS SCARY
Send the mayors office and email or call them. I did.
Done! Thanks for the email address.
The officer should be fired and have to pay something to the young man who lost is fur baby. Just because you are “an officer of the law” does not give you a right to also be judge and jury in most circumstances, just as this one. Turn away so you cant see me KILL you dog for no reason except I want to and can. BS. All the way BS.
I agree totally Tanya!!
At least some good news: Officer resigned, and the Chief sided with the dog owner and against officer. kplctv.com/story/25464832/sulphur-officer-who-shot-dog-resigns